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

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The Confession by Jessie Burton

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My Name is Eva by Suzanne Goldring

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The Liars by Jennifer Mathieu

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The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati

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In the shocking finale to the bestselling series that began with Stalking Jack the Ripper, Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, el...
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

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Elizabeth Black is the headmistress of a girls’ school and a well-respected author of “silver-fork” novels, stories written both for and about the upp...
The Lady and the Highwayman by Sarah M. Eden

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Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

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The Winemaker’s Wife by Kristin Harmel

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Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

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The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

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The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

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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

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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

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The Girls of Pearl Harbor by Soraya M. Lane

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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

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The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

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The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate

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The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

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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

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