Historical Fiction

    • All the Lives We Never Lived
      Anuradha Roy

      A novel set from World War II India through the present day and following a son's quest to uncover the story of his freedom-craving, rebellious artist mother.

    • American Spy
      Lauren Wilkinson

      Written as a missive to her sons when FBI agent Marie is forced to flee the country, she begins writing down her experiences as an African American spy during the 1980s. She was assigned to establish intimacy with Thomas Sankara, the Burkina Faso president. Marie's account draws out the conflict between her government's directives and her own attraction to the charismatic leader.

    • Enchantress of Numbers
      Jennifer Chiaverini

      In a blend of fictional biography and a novel of manners mother-daughter tension sets the stage for the portrait of Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate daughter of poet Lord Byron. Eventually, with the help of a loving husband, a brilliant female mentor, and intellectual friends, Ada achieves her goals, though it took the world nearly a century to recognize her as the first computer programmer.

    • I Was Anastasia
      Ariel Lawhorn

      In a feat of historical suspense, Lawhon unravels the twists and turns in Anna Anderson's 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess or the thief of another woman's legacy? The question of who Anna is and what really happened to Anastasia creates a compelling saga that spans decades and continents.

    • The Island of Sea Women
      Lisa See

      This beautiful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story, one of women's friendships and the larger forces that shape them, this novel introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

    • The Map of Salt and Stars
      Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

      The story of two girls living eight hundred years apart: a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker. The pain of exile and the triumph of courage echo again and again.

    • McGlue
      Ottessa Moshfegh

      In the 1850s, in a ship somewhere in the South Pacific, McGlue awakens blood soaked and can't remember the previous night, when he presumably killed a man named Johnson. Because Johnson had rescued McGlue and got him his berth, and because McGlue is rowdy, abrasive, and foulmouthed, readers will condemn him out of hand. But as the story unfolds, a different understanding emerges.

    • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock
      Imogen Hermes Gowar

      When one of his trading vessels returns to 18th-century London with the remarkable body of a mermaid, Jonah gains entry into high society and falls in love with a highly accomplished courtesan, with unexpected consequences.

    • The Old Drift
      Namwali Serpell

      Three generations of a cursed family traverse from India and Italy to England and ultimately a fantastical Zambia of the near future, where an interstitial Greek chorus of mosquitoes traces their vibrant human experiences as children, parents and grandparents.

    • The Paragon Hotel
      Lyndsay Faye

      Fleeing to 1921 Oregon, Alice takes refuge in the city's only black hotel and helps her new friends search for a missing child, hide from KKK violence and navigate painful secrets.

    • The Red Address Book
      Sofia Lundberg

      Doris, a 96-year-old woman living alone, reflects on her life while looking through her old address book. She recalls working as a maid in Sweden, modelling in Paris during the 30's, and fleeing to Manhattan at the dawn of the Second World War. And whatever became of Allan, the love of Doris's life?

    • The Sparsholt Affair
      Alan Hollinghurst

      A novel sweeping across three generations evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends brought together by art, literature, and love. Richly observed, emotionally charged, this dazzling novel of fathers and sons, of family and legacy, explores the social and sexual revolutions of the past century, even as it takes us straight to the heart of our current age.

    • Transcription
      Kate Atkinson

      In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground. A dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty.

    • Washington Black
      Esi Edugyan

      Unexpectedly chosen to be a family manservant, an 11-year-old Barbados sugar-plantation slave is initiated into a world of technology and dignity before a devastating betrayal propels him throughout the world in search of his true self.