Adult Historical Fiction

These historical fiction books are new to our shelves in the last 30 days (most recent on top).

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List

Tale of the dreamer's son / Preeta Samarasan.
The novel takes readers from a fateful incident in Malaysian history on May 13, 1969--when ethnic tensions boiled over into bloodshed--to the present day where Cyril Dragon, the spiritual leader of a group in Peninsular Malaysia, is trying his best to ign…
Daughter of the dawn / Marion Kummerow.
"1944, Germany: The war is still raging, as a young woman named Margarete hides from the Nazis in plain sight. With each day that passes, she takes more risks. But will one of those risks ultimately take her to the most evil place on earth? After a bombin…
The hidden palace / Dinah Jefferies.
In 1944 war-ravaged France, Florence Baudin receives a desperate request from her estranged mother to find her vanished sister, who went missing years before, and is drawn into a world of betrayals, secrets, lies, and silence.
Phaedra : a novel / Laura Shepperson.
"Phaedra has been cast to the side all her life: daughter of an adulteress, sister of a monster, and now unwilling bride to the much-older, power-hungry Theseus. Young, naïve, and idealistic, she has accepted her lot in life, resigned to existing under th…
Independence : a novel / Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
"India, 1947. In a rural village in Bengal live three sisters, daughters of a well-respected doctor. Priya: intelligent and idealistic, resolved to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a doctor, though society frowns on it. Deepa: the beauty, deter…
Pandora : a novel in three parts / written by Susan Stokes-Chapman.
"Dora Blake is a talented jewelry designer who lives under the thumb of her suspicious and odious uncle, who is running her late parents' beloved shop of antiquities into the ground. When he begins acting erratically after a mysterious Greek vase is deliv…
The Mitford affair : a novel / Marie Benedict.
"Between the World Wars, the six Mitford sisters—each more beautiful, brilliant, and eccentric than the next—dominate the English political, literary, and social scenes. Though they've weathered scandals before, the family falls into disarray when Diana d…
After Sappho : a novel / Selby Wynn Schwartz.
"'The first thing we did was change our names. We were going to be Sappho,' so begins this intrepid...novel, centuries after the Greek poet penned her lyric verse. Ignited by the same muse, a myriad of women break from their small, predetermined lives for…
Moonrise over New Jessup : a novel / Jamila Minnicks.
"It’s 1957, and after leaving the only home she has ever known, Alice Young steps off the bus into the all-Black town of New Jessup, Alabama, where residents have largely rejected integration as the means for Black social advancement. Instead, they seek t…
The call of the Wrens / Jenni L. Walsh.
"An orphan who spent her youth without a true home, Marion Hoxton found in the Great War something other than destruction. She discovered a chance to belong. As a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service—the Wrens—Marion gained sisters. She found purpose…
The Blackout Book Club / Amy Lynn Green.
"In 1942, an impulsive promise to her brother before he goes off to the European front puts Avis Montgomery in the unlikely position of head librarian in small-town Maine. Though she has never been much of a reader, when wartime needs threaten to close th…
The lost century : a novel / Larissa Lai.
"The latest novel by Larissa Lai, an epic yet intimate story set during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II Lambda Literary Award-winner Larissa Lai (The Tiger Flu) returns with a sprawling historical novel about war, colonialism, and…
The night travelers : a novel / Armando Lucas Correa ; translated by Nick Caistor and Faye Williams ; additional translation by Cecilia Molinari.
Separated by time but united by sacrifice, four women experience love, loss, war, and hope from the rise of Nazism to the fall of the Berlin Wall as they embark on journeys of self-discovery and find themselves to be living testaments to the power of mate…
The three lives of Alix St. Pierre / Natasha Lester.
"Alix St. Pierre. An unforgettable name for an unforgettable woman. She grew up surrounded by Hollywood glamor, but, as an orphan, never truly felt part of that world. In 1943, with WWII raging and men headed overseas to fight, she lands a publicity job t…
The reindeer hunters / Lars Mytting ; translated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin.
"The year is 1903. Twenty-two years after the events of The Bell in The Lake, Astrid Hekne’s son, Jehans, is now a young man. Driven out by his family, he lives on a homestead in the mountains near the village of Butangen, where he relishes the freedom of…
The fire and the ore : a novel / Olivia Hawker.
"1857. Three women—once strangers—come together in unpredictable Utah Territory. Hopeful, desperate, and willful, they’ll allow nothing on Earth or in Heaven to stand in their way. Following the call of their newfound Mormon faith, Tamar Loader and her f…
Galatea : a short story / Madeline Miller.
"In ancient Greece, a skilled marble sculptor has been blessed by a goddess who has given his masterpiece--the most beautiful woman the town has ever seen--the gift of life. After marrying her, he expects Galatea to please him, to be obedience and humilit…
Daisy : a novel / Libby Sternberg
"Daisy gives readers insight into Daisy Buchanan’s viewpoint of the events of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. While simultaneously remaining true to the original and adding new information, Sternberg weaves Daisy’s perspective and Nick Carraway’s …
A harvest of secrets : a novel / Roland Merullo.
"Italy, 1943. The seeds of terror planted by Hitler have brought Allied forces to Italian soil. Young lovers separated by war--one near a Tuscan hill town, the other a soldier on the Sicilian front--will meet any challenge to reunite. Vittoria SanAntonio,…
His delightful Lady Delia / Grace Hitchcock.
"Delia Vittoria's mother has lost her voice at last. After five years of being her diva mother's understudy, it is time for Delia to assume her place as the lead soprano onstage behind the Academy of Music's faded velvet curtain. And she is all that stand…
Lost in the long march / Michael X. Wang.
"China, 1934: A naive orphan and shy gunsmith, Ping, has fallen in love with Yong, who is a sophisticated veteran, a skilled marksman, and a true believer in Marxist ideology. Winning her affections will take an ideological battle—something he does not un…
In the upper country : a novel / Kai Thomas.
"In the 1800s in Dunmore, a Canadian town settled by people fleeing enslavement in the American south, young Lensinda Martin works for a crusading Black journalist. One night, a neighboring farmer summons Lensinda after a slave hunter is shot dead on his…
Night wherever we go : a novel / Tracey Rose Peyton.
"On a struggling Texas plantation, six enslaved women slip from their sleeping quarters and gather in the woods under the cover of night. The Lucys—as they call the plantation owners, after Lucifer himself—have decided to turn around the farm’s bleak fina…
The new life : a novel / Tom Crewe.
"In the summer of 1894, John Addington and Henry Ellis begin writing a book arguing that what they call 'inversion,' or homosexuality, is a natural, harmless variation of human sexuality. Though they have never met, John and Henry both live in London with…
The sleeping car porter / Suzette Mayr.
"Baxter’s name isn’t George. But it’s 1929, and Baxter is lucky enough, as a Black man, to have a job as a sleeping car porter on a train that crisscrosses the country. So when the passengers call him George, he has to just smile and nod and act invisible…
Godmersham Park : a novel of the Austen family / Gill Hornby.
"On January 21, 1804, Anne Sharpe arrives at Godmersham Park in Kent to take up the position of governess. At thirty-one years old, she has no previous experience of either teaching or fine country houses. Her mother has died, and she has nowhere else to …