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Speak Right On: Conjuring the Slave Narrative of Dred Scott

By Mary E. Neighbour -


Biographical Fiction

Readers may know the name of Dred Scott from the infamous 1857 legal case in which the US Supreme Court handed down a ruling ...Read Review

Grimm Patriot

By David W. Arndt - Published 2016



David Arndt’s debut novel, Grimm Patriot, follows young Joseph Grimm, who in 1775 decides to enlist in the newly-formed Continental Marines, leaving behind ...Read Review

Alligator Creek

By Lottie Guttry - Published 2015


The home front experience of the South in the final years of the American Civil War takes center stage in Lottie Guttry’s ...Read Review

Helena Landless

By Deanna Madden - Published 2015



Charles Dickens’s last and famously unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood receives a very smart and entertaining pastiche treatment in Deanna ...Read Review

Becoming Valley Forge

By Sheilah Vance - Published 2015



In her epic-length novel Becoming Valley Forge, Sheilah Vance dramatizes the horrific depredations experienced by George Washington’s Continental Army as it endured ...Read Review

Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga, Vol. 1: Rise to Riches

By Neal Katz - Published 2015


Biographical Fiction

Neal Katz’s richly-textured, impressive debut Outrageous takes as its subject the early life and adventures of Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her sister ...Read Review

The Blue Hour

By Vicki Righettini - Published 2015



Set in 1861, Emily Wainwright is a 26-year-old spinster at the center of Vicki Righettini’s debut novel, The Blue Hour. Emily is living ...Read Review

Who Knew Not Joseph

By Menachem Mannie Magid - Published 2015



“The history of the Hebrew nation from its peak of contentment to its descent into slavery. Through Yoram’s eyes and tribulations, Who ...Read Review

Love Is Not Proud

By Monica E. Spence - Published 2015



Monica Spence’s slim debut novel starts off with scream. On a moonlit night in 1536 in Florence, Marco de Medici, a scion of ...Read Review

Incident at Jonesborough

By Chaz Osburn - Published 2015



As General Sherman makes clear at one point in Chaz Osburn’s slim, intensely good debut Incident at Jonesborough, the Georgia town outside ...Read Review