Historical Fiction

Recent historical fiction releases.
Updated April 13, 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
Lauren Groff
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...
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 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 and BookPage * One of Oprah Daily's Best Novels of 2023 "[A] brilliant...
The River We Remember
William Kent Krueger
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...
The Women
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 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 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
The Phoenix Crown
Kate Quinn
From bestselling authors Janie Chang and Kate Quinn, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles. San Francisco, 1906. In a city bustling with newly...
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...
Crook Manifesto
Colson Whitehead
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...
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...
Good Night, Irene
Luis Alberto Urrea
This New York Times bestselling novel tells an exhilarating World War II epic that chronicles an extraordinary young woman's heroic frontline service in the Red Cross. "Urrea's touch is sure, his exuberance carries you through . . . He is a generous writer, not just in his...
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...
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 Beach at Summerly
Beatriz Williams
"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...
Flags on the Bayou
James Lee Burke
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 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 Reformatory
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...
Disobedient
Elizabeth Fremantle
A riveting novel based on the life of Artemisia Gentileschi--the greatest female painter of the Renaissance--as she forges her own destiny in a world dominated by the will of men. This is the ring that you gave me, and these are your promises. 
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. ...
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 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 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...
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...
Sharpe's Command
Bernard Cornwell
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 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...
Menewood
Nicola Griffith
Making a much-anticipated return to the world of Hild, Nicola Griffith's Menewood transports readers back to seventh-century Britain, a land of rival kings and religions poised for epochal change. Hild is no longer the bright child who made a place in Edwin...
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 Lost Journals of Sacajewea
Debra Magpie Earling
A June 2023 Indie Next Pick, Selected by BooksellersA Minneapolis Star Tribune Recommended Fiction Read for 2023A Millions Most Anticipated Read for 2023A Library Journal Recommended Read for 2023A...
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...
The President's Wife: A Novel
Tracey Enerson Wood
"A vivid portrait of a woman whose remarkable role and achievements in history have largely been relegated to the shadows... A fascinating read!" --Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday and The Ways We Hide From the USA Today bestselling author of The...
The Roaring Days of Zora Lily
Noelle Salazar
"Noelle Salazar captures the hazy, liquor-soaked days of the Jazz Age in this mesmerizing tale . . . of family, ambition, love, and self-discovery." --Entertainment Weekly "Beautifully written and vividly drawn . . . [a] dazzling and sexy, dangerous and inspiring journey...
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...
Mrs Porter Calling
AJ Pearce
From the author of the bestselling "jaunty, heartbreaking winner" (People) Dear Mrs. Bird, a charming and irresistible novel featuring aspiring journalist Emmy Lake as she navigates life, love, and friendship in London during World War II--perfect for fans of The Paris Library<...
The East Indian
Brinda Charry
An exhilarating debut novel about the first native of the Indian subcontinent to arrive in Colonial America, inspired by a historical figure--"marvelous...readers of Esi Edugyan and Yaa Gyasi will be enthralled" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Meet Tony: insatiably...
The Mistress of Bhatia House (A Perveen Mistry Novel)
Sujata Massey
Bombay's only female solicitor, Perveen Mistry, grapples with class divisions, sexism, and complex family dynamics as she seeks justice for a mistreated young woman in this thrilling fourth installment in Sujata Massey's award-winning series. India, 1922- Perveen Mistry is the...
Lucky Red
Claudia Cravens
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A thrilling, raucous, and gloriously queer debut about a scrappy orphan bent on making her own luck in the American West--and finding friendship, romance, and her true calling along the way, now in paperback. "A powerful feminist battle cry . . . [and]...
The Air Raid Book Club
Annie Lyons
"A wonderful, heartwarming read." -- Ruth Hogan, author of Keeper of Lost Things From the USA Today bestselling author of The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett comes a heartwarming story of found family, love, and making connections through books set against the...
A History of Burning
Janika Oza
This epic, sweeping historical novel full of "wondrous complexity" spans continents and a century, and reveals how one act of survival can reverberate through generations (Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin). ​ One of the New York Times<...
Our Hideous Progeny
C.E. McGill
"A gripping Gothic tale of grief and ambition, passion and intrigue." -- Jess Kidd, author of The Night Ship "An immersive blend of historical and science fiction brims with surprises and dark delights. . . . An incisive exploration of women's rights within the field of science....
The Tiffany Girls
Shelley Noble
New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble wows with a gripping historical novel about the real-life "Tiffany Girls," a fascinating and largely unknown group of women artists behind Tiffany's most legendary glassworks. It's 1899, and Manhattan is abuzz. Louis...
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 ...
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