Kristen McDermott

Bear No Malice

By Clarissa Harwood - Published 2019


Harwood has followed up her much-praised debut, Impossible Saints, with a companion novel in which the antagonist of the first book has become ...Read Review

I Was Cleopatra

By Dennis Abrams - Published 2018


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

Abrams, author of numerous biographies and nonfiction books for young readers, has created a detailed guide to Shakespeare’s world and theater in ...Read Review


By Edward Carey - Published 2018


Biographical FictionLiterary

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

Armistice (Amberlough Dossier)

By Lara Elena Donnelly - Published 2018


Alternate History

Cabaret meets The Alice Network in this espionage trilogy imagining an alternate pre-WWII Europe. The first novel, Amberlough (HNR 80), featured two charismatic protagonists: ...Read Review

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

By Mackenzi Lee - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

“You deserve to be here. You deserve to exist. You deserve to take up space in the world of men.” Felicity Montague is ...Read Review

The Lost Vintage: A Novel

By Ann Mah - Published 2018


This novel follows a familiar model—a young American woman travels to Europe and discovers truths about herself by exploring the life of ...Read Review


By Barbara Kingsolver - Published 2018



“‘Without shelter, we stand in daylight.’ ‘Without shelter, we feel ourselves likely to die.” Two brilliant narrators, separated by more than a century ...Read Review

The Sea Queen

By Linnea Hartsuyker - Published 2018



Hartsuyker’s re-imagining of the founding of Norway in the 9th century captures all the glory of its source material, the 13th-century saga, ...Read Review

A Mask of Shadows

By Oscar de Muriel - Published 2018



Two of my favorite things – Edinburgh and Shakespeare – form the backdrop for this historical mystery, the fourth in a justly celebrated series. The ...Read Review

Becoming Belle

By Nuala O’Connor - Published 2018


Biographical Fiction

O’Connor is a celebrated Irish author who lives near the Clancarty estate that was occupied by the “Peasant Countess,” Belle Bilton, in 1891. ...Read Review