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By Edward Carey -
This dreamlike novel imagines the origins of Marie Tussaud, creator of the famous waxworks, and also captures the insanity and chaos of Revolutionary ...Read Review
By Frances De Pontes Peebles -
A soaring fusion of emotion, intense drama, and the compelling rhythms of Brazilian music, The Air You Breathe belongs to the special category ...Read Review
By Jillian Cantor -
Kristoff, an orphan, finds apprentice engraver work in the home of a Jewish master stamp engraver (Frederick) outside a village deep in the ...Read Review
By Heather O’Neill -
Spanning from WWI to the start of WWII, The Lonely Hearts Hotel is the story of Rose and Pierrot, two orphans who meet ...Read Review
By Matthew Carr -
Amid rumors of rising rebellion in Aragon, royal decree sends former soldier and now judge Bernardo de Mendoza to investigate the murder of ...Read Review
By Anton DiSclafani -
Cece and Joan grew up amid Houston’s elite, an ordered world of debutante balls, country clubs, and Junior League meetings. Joan—beautiful, ...Read Review
By Ronald Wright -
In 1526, Waman, an Inca lad trembling on the edge of manhood, leaves home to make his fortune. His grandfather went to sea as ...Read Review
By Ivan Doig -
Last Bus to Wisdom is Ivan Doig’s final novel. The author passed away on April 9, 2015. The story is set in the Two ...Read Review
By Jillian Cantor -
In June 1953, the U.S. executed alleged spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Cantor tells the Rosenbergs’ story, beginning in 1947, through the first-person narrative ...Read Review
By Sarah Vowell -
In the history-plus-humor tradition, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is another smart offering from Sarah Vowell, author of The Partly Cloudy Patriot. ...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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