5 Books with Immersive Cultural Settings
by Emerian Rich
5 books that immerse the reader into interesting cultural settings.
- 1. The Feast of All Saints by Anne Rice
I read this book in college over spring break, and I have to say, it changed my life. Marcel is a gent de couleur libre (a free person of color) born from a slave mother and her French master in 1840’s New Orleans. The gens did not fit in either the black slave community or the French white community, and were often sent abroad to study, but when Marcel finds his father will not send him, he has to find his own way in a community that no longer wants him. In this coming-of-age story, Marcel must come to grips with his heritage. Brought up to treat his half- sister as a slave and after being slammed into reality by an abusive and heart-breaking scene where his French father beats him and throws him off his property, Marcel struggles with the harsh reality of racism in its cruelest form. Where will he fit now that he is grown? Will he stay put—part of the problem—and continue his split life, or will he fight the system and become a complete outcast?
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I have to admit, I’m not usually one for cyborg sort of stuff, but I absolutely fell in love with Cinder. In a modern retelling of Cinderella, Cinder is a cyborg, living with the most irritating adopted mother ever…. continue reading in the Fall 2018 issue of SEARCH.