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By James Brydon -
When Captain Jacques le Garrec returns to his native Brittany in December 1959, his arrival creates a stir, as a former Resistance hero and ...Read Review
By Kaiama L. Glover (trans.) - By René Depestre -
The Haitian Carnival takes place over the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. René Depestre’s novel, originally published in 1988 and translated into ...Read Review
By Peter Kimani -
Published 2017Published 2017-03-16Published 2018
In 1901, a train chugs along Kenya’s Rift Valley on the newly laid tracks from Mombasa to Port Victoria. Seated in the first-class ...Read Review
By Bernice L. McFadden -
In 1917, Harlan Elliot is born in Macon, Georgia, the grandson of a revered minister whose daughter and carpenter husband leave their son to ...Read Review
By Barbara J. Taylor -
Sisters. Good relationships or bad, they are fraught with rivalry, jealously, and loyalty. Such it is with Violet and Lily Morgan. After Lily ...Read Review
By Barbara J. Taylor -
Barbara J. Taylor’s debut novel is the moving story of a family from Scranton, Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th century. ...Read Review
By Laurie Loewenstein -
In August 1917, the traveling Chautauqua assembly is filling tents all over the Midwest with programs designed to edify and entertain small-town audiences. Marian ...Read Review
By Robert Antoni -
Sporting surely the funniest title of the year, As Flies to Whatless Boys is a kind of complex word game, a historical narrative ...Read Review
By Montegue Kobbé -
On the night of June 9, 1967, sixteen men from the “forgotten” Caribbean island, Anguilla, including three US mercenaries, had “invaded” St. Kitts. This key ...Read Review
By Anthony C. Winkler -
A complicated character study and darkly comedic look at early 19th-century plantation life, The Family Mansion tells the story of a young Englishman’...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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