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By E. J. Levy -
Levy’s dreamlike debut fictionalizes the life of 19th-century Dr. James Miranda Barry, the Irish-born military surgeon who advocated for medical reforms, performed ...Read Review
By Jillian Cantor -
Alternate HistoryBiographical Fiction
At age 24, Marya Sklodowska leaves Poland to follow her older sister and study at the Sorbonne. She, now Marie, meets and marries fellow ...Read Review
By Victoria Princewill -
In Iran in 1895, Jamila, an Abyssinian slave of one of Shah Nasser al-Din Qajar’s numerous wives, lives in the Golestan (flowery) Palace. ...Read Review
By Mary Sharratt -
Revelations is the story of the 15th-century English visionary and traveler Margery Kempe. The novel is based on her real life, as recorded ...Read Review
By Suzette D. Harrison -
Set in Alabama and Georgia, this empowering novel–tender, warm, harsh, heartbreaking–addresses the legacy of slavery, its effect on all future Black ...Read Review
By Serena Burdick -
Actress Estelita Rodriguez lived the American dream. Her young daughter called John Wayne “Uncle Duke.” Her smile and voice captivated audiences on stage ...Read Review
By Don Zancanella -
In Concord, his first novel, Zancanella (English, Professor Emeritus, Univ. of New Mexico) imagines the early adult lives of New England’s most ...Read Review
By Joie Davidow -
The love story between the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev and the opera singer and composer Pauline Viardot is reimagined in this novel by ...Read Review
By Rivka Galchen -
In Württemberg, Germany, in 1618, a neighbor accuses 72-year-old Katherina Kepler, mother of famed astronomer Johannes Kepler, of witchcraft. In a society wracked ...Read Review
By Renée - By Rosen -
Do we really need another novel about society during the Gilded Age? In the case of The Social Graces, the answer is an ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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