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By Anna Abney -
1665: Charles II has returned from exile and is now king, but the Civil War still casts its long, dark shadow, intensified by the ...Read Review
By Colson Whitehead -
In 1960s Harlem, Ray Carney owns his own furniture store and is determined to prove himself as an honest businessman, in stark contrast ...Read Review
By John Fletcher -
No, this is not a hastily written novel about Covid-19. It is a big, sprawling, angry novel that was started well before the ...Read Review
By Juhea Kim -
This beautiful book follows the lives of a girl named Jade, who is sold at the age of ten as an apprentice to ...Read Review
By Francine Prose -
This is one of the most satisfying novels I’ve read in ages. From the beginning, Prose places us firmly in the consciousness ...Read Review
By Alison MacLeod -
D.H. Lawrence, Jackie Kennedy and J. Edgar Hoover might seem unlikely bedfellows, but in this wonderfully compelling novel, their stories are interwoven ...Read Review
By Jean Pasley -
Using the main character’s own words extracted from letters, essays, and books, Pasley vividly recounts the life of wandering writer Lafcadio Hearn. ...Read Review
By Kate DiCamillo - By Sophie Blackall (illus.) -
Author Kate DiCamillo is a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, and the illustrator has won a similar number of Caldecott medals, so ...Read Review
By Robert L. Shuster -
Through the eyes of 13-year-old Tobias Koertig, To Zenzi describes the hellscape that was Berlin in the waning days of World War II. ...Read Review
By Clare Chambers -
In 1957, a woman contacts a southeast London newspaper to claim her daughter was the result of a virgin birth. The news reporter assigned ...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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