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By Robert Morgan -
Robert Morgan’s masterpiece, Gap Creek, came out in 1999 and was an Oprah pick. This new novel continues the story of the Richards ...Read Review
By Lee Smith -
The narrator of Lee Smith’s (Fair and Tender Ladies, The Last Girls) latest novel is thirteen in 1926, when she is admitted to ...Read Review
By Caroline Leavitt -
Single mother Ava Lark is doing everything she can to raise her son alone. In the 1950s in Waltham, Massachusetts, a divorced Jewish ...Read Review
By Julie Wu -
Saburo and his family live in Japanese-occupied Taoyuan (Taiwan) in the 1930s. Her father has learned to adapt to the oppressors and assumed ...Read Review
By Joanna Luloff -
Technically, The Beach at Galle Road is a collection of short stories, but they can’t be read independently of each other. Each ...Read Review
By Janet Groth -
During the Fifties, Janet Groth came from the Midwest to the “Big City” of New York straight out of college. She landed a ...Read Review
By Matti Friedman -
A codex called the Crown begins life in 930 AD Tiberius at the hand of a rabbinical scribe. It is masoretic, meaning it includes ...Read Review
By Robert Goolrick -
In Robert Goolrick’s second novel, Charlie Beale arrives at Brownsburg, Virginia in 1948. Beale is carrying two suitcases; one is filled with butcher ...Read Review
By Robert Olmstead -
It’s an old story – boy falls in love with the wrong girl and runs off to escape the longing. But Robert Olmstead’...Read Review
By Steve Stern -
Starting with the humorous title, this literary, quasi-historical novel comes with its own background “chuckle track” – you won’t be able to stop ...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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