Historical Fiction

The Women in the Castle

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ISBN: 9780062563668
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Published: William Morrow & Company - March 28th, 2017

You will find this beautifully written historical novel quite different from other World War II fiction you may have read. Spanning the periods before, during and after the war, the women of the title - three widows of men who in different ways had resisted the Nazis - find themselves in a dilapidated castle, coming to terms with the very complicated moral and emotional choices they have been forced to make. Winner of the 2017 New England Book award for fiction.

David


In the Distance

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ISBN: 9781566894883
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Published: Coffee House Press - October 10th, 2017

Through the story of Hakan, a Swedish immigrant to the United States in the mid 1800s, Diaz meditates on the nature of impersonal landscape, explores a life of isolation, and tours through some of characters that carved the identity of the American West. This is a strange and brilliant version of historical fiction, twisting the genre into something unique. For fans of Cormac McCarthy and  Eleanor Catton's Booker Prize winning novel The Luminaries.

Josh


Kintu

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By Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Aaron Bady (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781945492013
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Published: Transit Books - May 16th, 2017

A multi-generational family saga, an origin story for a nation, an examination of the complexities of personal identity, and a reckoning with the weight of the past; Makumbi’s debut novel (and smash bestseller in Uganda) of a cursed clan is historical fiction at its best.

Josh


The Weight of Ink

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ISBN: 9780544866461
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 6th, 2017

A British academic is invited to examine a cache of letters found in a boarded-up closet in a 17th century house outside London. The novel alternates between the lives of London Jews of the 1600s whose lives are reflected in the letters, and the contemporary academics who are trying to piece together their stories. Enlightenment philosophy, London's plague and Great Fire, and 17th-century Jewish messianism are all artfully woven into this compelling work of historical fiction.


A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: Audio

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueGet ready to swoon over this book. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder meets Sorcery and Cecelia in this delicious historical romp. Monty and Percy, BFFs since forever, and, Monty hopes, maybe something more, are headed off on their grand tour. Despite severe prohibitions of alcohol, sex, and other vices, Monty is determined to have a decadent time.

The Pearl Thief

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ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

The author of Code Name Verity (the BEST book I read in 2012!) returns with a prequel companion novel featuring Julie Beaufort-Stuart at the age of fifteen, a crumbling estate, a mysterious disappearance, and a fortune in missing pearls. Superb historical fiction from one of the best.

Rebecca


Dreamland Burning

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ISBN: 9780316384933
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2017

This is historical fiction at its best. A blend of past and present tells the story of the Tulsa race riot of 1921. A tied-in mystery keeps the story moving, but it was the history of Greenwood that kept me from putting this book down.

Robin


Silence

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By Shusaku Endo, William Johnston (Translator), Martin Scorsese (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781250082244
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Published: Picador USA - January 5th, 2016

Silence is one of those books that grabs your soul and squeezes. In it, Endo explores the depths of human spirituality and psychology, both in their strengths and utter weaknesses. Producing a different response every time I revisit it, this book deserves to be read and reread. I will continue to be moved by it for years to come.

Matthew


The Inquisitor’s Tale

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By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

France, 1242. One young priest-in-training, one Jewish boy, and one peasant girl hiding prophetic visions are thrown together on a quest to escape persecution and save precious holy texts from being destroyed. Based on years of exhaustive research, The Inquisitor's Tale features gorgeous illustrations in the style of historical illuminated manuscripts, a dog saint, a dragon with literal killer farts...and a deeply moving story that asks difficult questions with flair. Every page is a gem. Absolutely phenomenal.

Rebecca


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