The list author says: "If you like to travel through fiction, either over the map in the present or back in time, here are some books that you might want to consider. All are engrossing. Most are page turners."
"AZERBAJIAN - Shows how the forces of history and culture affect these two young people in love, one Christian and the other Moslem. Set prior to and during the Russian Revolution, the story may be the story of its mysterious author."
"CHINA - Tells the story of two friends in rural 19th century China. One, by dint of her "golden lilies" (perfectly bound feet) marries into a well off family, the other marries, not so well. Bound feet do not save either of them from the drudge of everyday life/work."
"ENGLAND. Much has been said about poor old Henry... so what could possibly be his side of the story? Here it is! A remarkably researched fictional autobiography. If you know the story of the Tudors, this will have you laughing out loud. Margaret George sustains a marvelous voice for Henry and historical detail through 900+ pages... a real masterpiece."
"JAPAN - This is the story of 4 sisters. Two were married before the family's fortunes started to wane. A suitable husband must be found for sister number 3 before sister number 4 can marry. Each encounter and each year diminish the marital prospects for both. It was written as a newspaper serial, so even more than other page turners, it is designed to keep your interest going."
"UKRAINE - Through compelling characters and everyday events, you can see how Soviet influence grew in satellite counties. This was written by a man who lived it and published due to the efforts of his daughter. It is worthy of attention and rises to the level of literature."
"USA - A well developed alternative history - what if FDR were not elected and the US did not enter WWII against Hitler? Roth shows how people and events could be manipulated to get people without malevolent intent to take part in segregating the population Hitler-style."