Historical Fiction

Historical fiction presents a story set in the past, often during a significant time period. In historical fiction, the time period is an important part of the setting and often of the story itself.

Historical fiction may include fictional characters, well-known historical figures or a mixture of the two. Authors of historical fiction usually pay close attention to the details of their stories (settings, clothing, dialogue, etc.) to ensure that they fit the time periods in which the narratives take place.

 

In some historical fiction, famous events appear from points of view not recorded in history, showing historical figures dealing with actual events while depicting them in a way that is not recorded in history. Other times, the historical event or time period complements a story's narrative, forming a framework and background for the characters' lives. Sometimes, historical fiction can be for the most part true, but the names of people and places have been in some way altered.

As this is fiction, artistic license is permitted in regard to presentation and subject matter, so long as it does not deviate in significant ways from established history. If events should deviate significantly, the story may then fall into the genre of alternate history, which is known for speculating on what could have happened if a significant historical event had gone differently. On a similar note, events occurring in historical fiction must adhere to the laws of physics. Stories that extend into the magical or fantastic are often considered historical fantasy.

Historical Fiction

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted… Bold, reckless Nina Markova grows up on the icy edge of Soviet Russia, dreaming of flight and ...
The Huntress by Kate Quinn

July 21, 2019

Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim C...
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

July 18, 2019

When Grace, April, and Poppy join the US Army Nurse Corps, they see it as little more than an adventure, one made all the better by their first statio...
The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane

July 16, 2019

A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod. In the summer of 1987,...
The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

July 10, 2019

The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. A...
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

July 9, 2019

Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their...
The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

June 25, 2019

Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhr...
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

June 19, 2019

Do we change or does the world change us? Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a pe...
Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

June 11, 2019

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and cod...
The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

June 7, 2019

It is the summer of 1940. Nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris arrives in New York with her suitcase and sewing machine, exiled by her despairing parents. ...
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

June 5, 2019

After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free. No family entanglements. No disappointing those around him. Just the ...
More than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

June 5, 2019

It’s 1989 in New York City, and for three teens, the world is changing. Reza is an Iranian boy who has just moved to the city with his mother to live ...
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

June 4, 2019

Barbados, 1854: Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan– merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vic...
The Summer Country by Lauren Willig

June 4, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrif...
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

May 22, 2019

In 1940, Varian Fry—a Harvard-educated American journalist—traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and w...
The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer

May 16, 2019

Eastern Kentucky, 1937. After the death of her husband, Ada Donovan returned home to live again with her aging parents. She does all she can to help t...
Carry the World by Susan Fanetti

May 4, 2019

Mad Men meets The Devil Wears Prada as Renée Rosen draws readers into the glamour of 1965 New York City and Cosmopolitan Magazine, where a brazen new ...
Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen

May 2, 2019

1785. New York, New York. As a young nation begins to take shape, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler are on top of the world. They’re the toast...
All for One by Melissa de la Cruz

April 26, 2019

An intimate portrait of a friendship severed by history, and a sweeping saga of wartime, motherhood, and legacy by an award-winning novelist East Vill...
Wunderland by Jennifer Cody Epstein

April 24, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his u...
The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

April 16, 2019