Historical Fiction

Recent historical fiction releases.
Updated February 23, 2024
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The Armor of Light
Ken Follett
An epic continuation of the series that began with The Pillars of the Earth, The Armor of Light heralds a new dawn for Kingsbridge, England, where progress clashes with tradition, class struggles push into every part of society, and war in Europe engulfs the entire continent and...
THE VASTER WILDS
Groff, Lauren
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2023 NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR, TIME, ESQUIRE, VOGUE, LA TIMES, SLATE, HARPER'S BAZAAR and others "Part historical, part...
The Fraud
Zadie Smith
The New York Times bestseller * One of the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year * One of NPR's Best Books of the Year * Named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly "[A] brilliant new entry in Smith's catalog . . . The Fraud is not a...
Lady Tan's Circle of Women
Lisa See
*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!* From "one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot" (The New York Times Book Review) an immersive historical novel inspired by the true story of a woman physician in 15th-century China--perfect for fans of...
THE RIVER WE REMEMBER
Krueger, William Kent
AN EDGAR AWARD NOMINEE In 1958, a small Minnesota town is rocked by a shocking murder, pouring fresh fuel on old grievances in this dazzling novel, an instant New York Times bestseller and "a work of art" (The Denver Post). On Memorial Day...
Let Us Descend
Jesmyn Ward
OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK * Instant New York Times Bestseller * Named one of the best books of 2023 by The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Boston Globe, Time, The New Yorker, and more. "Nothing short of epic,...
Learned by Heart
Emma Donoghue
"A wrenching love story" (Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post) based on the true story of two girls who fall secretly, deeply, and dangerously in love at boarding school in 19th century York, from the bestselling author of Room and The Wonder. Drawing on years of...
Hang the Moon
Jeannette Walls
"A rollicking tale." --The Washington Post *"Propulsive." --Associated Press * "Wild, smart, energetic." --Los Angeles Times * "Brilliant and effervescent." --NPR From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller a...
Homecoming
Kate Morton
The highly anticipated new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Clockmaker's Daughter, a sweeping novel that begins with a shocking crime, the effects of which echo across continents and generations Adelaide Hills, Christmas Eve, 1959: At the end of a...
The Secret Book of Flora Lea
Patti Callahan Henry
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When a woman discovers a rare book that has connections to her past, long-held secrets about her missing sister and their childhood spent in the English countryside during World War II are revealed. In the war-torn London of...
The Women: A Novel
Kristin Hannah
A #1 bestseller on The New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times! From the celebrated author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds comes Kristin Hannah's The Women--at once an intimate portrait of coming of age in a...
The house is on fire /
Beanland, Rachel,
A "wildly entertaining" (NPR), "gripping" (The Washington Post) work of historical fiction about an incendiary tragedy that shocked a young nation and tore apart a community in a single night, from the author of Florence Adler Swims Forever. Richmond, Virginia...
North Woods
Daniel Mason
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR A WASHINGTON POST TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR * FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD A sweeping novel about a single house in the woods of New England, told through the lives of...
The Housekeepers
Alex Hay
The night of London's grandest ball, a bold group of women downstairs plot a daring revenge heist against Mayfair society in this dazzling historical novel about power, gender, and class Named a Best Book of Summer by The Washington Post * Good Housekeeping ...
Switchboard Soldiers
Jennifer Chiaverini
From New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, a bold, revelatory novel about one of the great untold stories of World War I--the women of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, who broke down gender barriers in the military and battled a pandemic as they helped lead the Allies to...
The Spectacular
Fiona Davis
From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Magnolia Palace- A thrilling story about love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams, set amidst the glamour and glitz of Radio City Music Hall in its mid-century heyday. New York City, 1956- Nineteen-year-old Marion...
The White Lady
Jacqueline Winspear
Instant New York Times and National Bestseller "A triumph. . . . Winspear creates in Elinor White (the 'White Lady'), a complex, endearing, achingly flawed hero. This is both fast-paced and thoughtful, bold and nuanced, a thriller that is thrillingly human. I loved it." --Louise Penny ...
The Bookbinder of Jericho
Pip Williams
A young British woman working in a book bindery gets a chance to pursue knowledge and love when World War I upends her life in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese's Book Club pick The Dictionary of Lost Words. "Williams spins an...
THE LONDON SEANCE SOCIETY (ORIGINAL)
Penner, Sarah
A must-read mystery to curl up with this fall "An atmospheric and evocative whodunnit steeped in suspense, mystery, and illusion." --Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES ...
The House of Doors
Tan Twan Eng
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORKER, NPR, SLATE, THE FINANCIAL TIMES, AND A WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE WORK
Chenneville: A Story of Loss, Murder, and Vengeance
Paulette Jiles
Consumed with grief, driven by vengeance, a man undertakes an unrelenting odyssey across the lawless post-Civil War frontier seeking redemption in this fearless novel from the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of News of the World.  Union soldier John Chenneville...
CROOK MANIFESTO
Whitehead, Colson
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of Harlem Shuffle continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory. A Best Book of the Year: The New...
Lone Women
Victor LaValle
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * Blue skies, empty land--and enough wide-open space to hide a horrifying secret. A woman with a past, a mysterious trunk, a town on the edge of nowhere, and an "absorbing, powerful" (BuzzFeed) new vision of the American West, from the award-winning author of...
Loot
Tania James
LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN FICTION * A spellbinding historical novel set in the eighteenth century: a hero's quest, a love story, the story of a young artist coming of age, and an exuberant heist adventure that traces the bloody legacy of colonialism across two continents and...
The Invisible Hour
Alice Hoffman
The latest New York Times bestseller from beloved author Alice Hoffman celebrates the enduring magic of books and is a "wonderful story of love and growth" (Stephen King). One June day when Mia Jacob can no longer see a way to survive, the power of words saves her. The...
The Trackers
Charles Frazier
From the New York Times bestselling author of Cold Mountain and Varina, a stunning new novel that paints a vivid portrait of life in the Great Depression Hurtling past the downtrodden communities of Depression-era America, painter Val Welch travels westward to the rural town of Dawes,...
Good Night, Irene
Luis Alberto Urrea
An Instant New York Times Bestseller This "powerful, uplifting, and deeply personal novel" (Kristin Hannah, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Four Winds), at once "a heart-wrenching wartime...
Crow Mary
Kathleen Grissom
The New York Times bestselling author of the book club classics The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything returns with a sweeping and "richly detailed story of a woman caught between two cultures" (Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author) inspired by the...
A True Account: Hannah Masury’s Sojourn Amongst the Pyrates, Written by Herself
Katherine Howe
From New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe comes a daring first-hand account of one young woman's unbelievable adventure as one of the most terrifying sea rovers of all time. In Boston, as the Golden Age of Piracy comes to a bloody close, Hannah Masury -...
The Reformatory: A Novel
Tananarive Due
A New York Times Notable Book "You're in for a treat. The Reformatory is one of those books you can't put down. Tananarive Due hit it out of the park." --Stephen King A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephens...
FLAGS ON THE BAYOU a novel /
Burke, James Lee,
From New York Times-bestselling author James Lee Burke comes a novel set in Civil War-era Louisiana as the South transforms and a brilliant cast of characters - enslaved and free women, plantation gentry, and battle-weary Confederate and Union soldiers - are caught in the...
THE BEACH AT SUMMERLY
Williams, Beatriz
"There are few more skilled practitioners of the craft of summer fiction than Beatriz Williams." -- The New York Times Book Review A ravishing summer read from New York Times bestseller Beatriz Williams, sweeping readers back to a mid-century New England rich with secrets and Cold War...
The Witching Tide
Margaret Meyer
Named a best historical novel of the year by The New York Times Book Review and "reminiscent of both The Scarlet Letter and Hamnet" (Jezebel), The Witching Tide is a powerful debut inspired by the true events behind a deadly witch hunt in...
The Caretaker
Ron Rash
ONE OF THE NEW YORKER'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR * Told against the backdrop of the Korean War as a small Appalachian town sends its sons to battle, The Caretaker by award-winning author Ron Rash ("One of the great American authors at work today" --The New York Times) is a...
SHARPE'S COMMAND
Cornwell, Bernard
New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell returns to the early years of the nineteenth century, capturing the bravery, battles, and bloodshed of Britain's peninsular wars with this epic tale featuring his iconic hero Richard Sharpe. Outsider. Hero. Rogue. If...
The House of Lincoln: A Novel
Nancy Horan
An unprecedented view of Lincoln's Springfield from the acclaimed and bestselling author of Loving Frank. Nancy Horan, author of the million-copy New York Times bestseller Loving Frank, returns with a sweeping historical novel, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's ascendance from...
The Square of Sevens
Laura Shepherd-Robinson
This "intricately plotted, epic" (The Times, London) international bestseller--in the vein of the vivid novels of Sarah Waters and Sarah Perry--follows an orphaned fortune teller in 18th-century England as she searches for answers about her long-dead mother. ...
The Wind Knows My Name
Isabel Allende
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * "The lives of a Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and a mother and daughter fleeing twenty-first-century El Salvador intersect in this ambitious, intricate novel about war and immigration" (People), from the author of A Long Petal of the Sea and...
The Prospectors: A Novel
Ariel Djanikian
A sweeping rags-to-riches story about claiming the American Dream, following a family transformed by the Klondike Gold Rush. "Told in glimmering prose and rich with historical detail...you can feel the grit on your hands."--Celeste Ng "Smart, surprising, and epic."--Chris Bohjalian<...
The Wildest Sun
Asha Lemmie
Following her New York Times bestselling debut Fifty Words for Rain, Asha Lemmie's next sweeping and evocative novel introduces a determined young woman's search for the larger-than-life literary figure she believes to be her father. When tragedy ...
The Wonder of It All
Barbara Taylor Bradford
From New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford comes the long-anticipated final novel in the House of Falconer trilogy. James Falconer--a tycoon and a self-made man--seems to have the world in the palm of his hand. But the Great War looms, and...
The Paris Daughter
Kristin Harmel
Instant New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling author of the "heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism" (People) The Book of Lost Names comes a gripping historical novel about two mothers who must make unthinkable choices in the face of the...
A Traitor in Whitehall
Julia Kelly
From Julia Kelly, internationally bestselling author of The Last Dance of the Debutante, comes the first in the mysterious and immersive Evelyne Redfern series, A Traitor in Whitehall. "Kelly spins an Agatha Christie-esque mystery . . . thoroughly delightful...
Clytemnestra
Costanza Casati
"Fans of Circe and Elektra should pick up this powerful Greek myth retelling." --Cosmopolitan For fans of Madeline Miller, a stunning debut following Clytemnestra, the most notorious villainess of the ancient world and the events that forged her into the legendary queen. As for...
Coronation Year
Jennifer Robson
The USA Today bestselling author of The Gown returns with another enthralling and royal historical novel-- as the lives of three very different residents of London's historic Blue Lion hotel converge in a potentially explosive climax on the day of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. It is...
IN MEMORIAM
Winn, Alice
GMA BUZZ PICK * INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLER AND AWARD WINNER * A haunting, virtuosic debut novel about two young men who fall in love during World War I * "Will live in your mind long after you've closed the final pages." --Maggie O'Farrell, best-selling author of Hamnet and The...
Edith Holler: A Novel
Edward Carey
NPR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR The witty and entrancing story of a young woman trapped in a ramshackle English playhouse--and the mysterious figure who threatens the theater's very survival The year is 1901. England's beloved queen has died, and her aging son has finally...
Daughters of Nantucket : a novel /
Gerstenblatt, Julie,
Set against Nantucket's Great Fire of 1846, this sweeping, emotional novel brings together three courageous women battling to save everything they hold dear . . . Nantucket in 1846 is an island set apart not just by its geography but by its unique circumstances. With their menfolk away at sea, often...
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