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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 Tiffany D. Jackson -
Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult
At the age of twenty, Malcolm Little was imprisoned for stealing. In first-person narration, Malcolm tells of his time in prison, with flashbacks ...Read Review
By Marilynne Robinson -
A very few novelists create worlds—palpable, mappable, 3-D, unique as a scent. Marilynne Robinson’s fictional Gilead, Iowa, is such a world, ...Read Review
By Mia Couto -
This tale of star-crossed lovers begins in Mozambique in 1895, in a boat on the Inharrime River with 15-year-old Imani Nsambe, her father, and ...Read Review
By Amanda McCrina -
In the summer of 1944, the Russian army occupies the Polish city of Lwow. There, the novel opens on seventeen-year-old Tolya, a half-Polish, half-Ukrainian ...Read Review
By Helen Frost -
The setting of this narrative is a small town and an institution in the United States during the period 1933–1945, the first twelve years ...Read Review
By Ludmila Ulitskaya -
This multi-generational Russian saga covers the period from 1905 until 2011. In 1911, young Jacob Ossetsky meets and falls in love with Marusya Kerns, an aspiring ...Read Review
By Amy Reid (trans.) - By Patrice Nganang -
In French colonial Cameroon, 1940, the poet and civil servant Pouka returns to his village. He finds his father, a kind of seer, having ...Read Review
By Adam Ehrlich Sachs -
In 1666, 19-year-old Gottfried Leibniz, not yet famous for inventing calculus, visits an unnamed astronomer who, alone in the scientific universe, has predicted a ...Read Review
By H.S. Cross -
This intense, unwieldy, and moving narrative about lives of quiet and not-so-quiet desperation is the sequel to the critically celebrated Wilberforce, set, like ...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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