From the California Gold Rush to WWI France, these sweeping historical fiction reads will transport you back in time.
The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles
The bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility and master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction returns with a stylish and propulsive novel set in 1950s America. Now a TODAY Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick!
“Wise and wildly entertaining . . . permeated with light, wit, youth.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A classic that we will read for years to come.”—Jenna Bush Hager, Read with Jenna Book Club
“A real joyride . . . elegantly constructed and compulsively readable.”—NPR
Available in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.
Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone: A Novel by Diana Gabaldon
#1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon returns with the newest novel in the epic Outlander Series.
Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1746, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.
The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive . . .
Available November 23rd in Hardcover and eBook Editions.
The Fortune Men: A Novel by Nadifa Mohamed
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize!
Based on a true event, an intimate and harrowing novel about the last man in Cardiff to be sentenced to death.
“The Fortune Men is that rare novel that breaks your heart and, in so doing, gives you life. Nadifa Mohamed is a revelation—she writes with the fierce compassionate lightning of a truth-teller, lays bare the ghastly colonial condition that afflicts so many of us, where truth cannot overcome injustice. If a novel can be an avenger then The Fortune Men is the one we’ve all been waiting for.”—Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
“The Fortune Man is a masterpiece in storytelling . . . Mohamed’s ability to examine the blistering racial injustices of the time is sobering and immense.”—The Independent
Available December 14th in Hardcover, eBook, Audio, and Large Print Editions.
Small World: A Novel by Jonathan Evison
Jonathan Evison’s Small World is an epic novel for now. Set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and a speeding train of modern-day strangers forced together by fate, it is a grand entertainment that asks big questions.
“This is more than a sprawling, big-hearted, blue-collar novel, it’s a Dickensian saga on a grand American scale, filled with beauty and violence, tragedy and redemption. This is the kind of historical fiction that keeps you up all night, burning in your veins like kerosene.”—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
“A creative, insightful work of fiction. Evison pulls off a wonderful high-wire act of storytelling that few would attempt, and even fewer could achieve so sharply!”—Jason Mott, author of Hell of a Book
Available January 11th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
From a Dark Horizon: A Novel by Luke McCallin
In the waning days of World War I, a horrific crime behind the lines sends Lieutenant Gregor Reinhardt on a search for a killer in this electrifying thriller from the author of The Man from Berlin.
“This book is worth reading just for its visceral evocation of trench warfare, but there are also complex characters and a labyrinthine murder mystery to enjoy. And all beautifully written.”—David Downing, critically acclaimed author of Wedding Station
“A weighty war novel whose mystery reflects the synergy between the political and personal . . . Series fans should enjoy his portrait of the younger, more impulsive Reinhardt.”—Kirkus Reviews
Available December 7th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
The Sisters Sweet: A Novel by Elizabeth Weiss
A young woman in a vaudeville sister act must learn to forge her own path after her twin runs away to Hollywood in this richly immersive debut about love, family, and friendship.
“A beautifully told coming-of-age story that embraces life with a galloping energy and irresistible curiosity.”—Maggie Shipstead, New York Times bestselling author of Great Circle
“The Sisters Sweet is both cinematic and humane, an expansive and gorgeously written tale of a family that’s at once spectacularly offbeat and fundamentally human.”—Claire Lombardo, author of The Most Fun We Ever Had
Available November 30th in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.
The Woman at the Front: A Novel by Lecia Cornwall
A daring young woman risks everything to pursue a career as a doctor on the front lines in France during World War I, and learns the true meaning of hope, love, and resilience in the darkest of times.
“A uniquely female perspective of World War I . . . a beautiful, touching, romantic women’s fiction novel that is sure to delight fans of Outlander and Downton Abbey.”—Lori Nelson Spielman, New York Times bestselling author
“A riveting tale of medicine, courage, and grace under fire during the Great War . . . Compulsively readable!”—Stephanie Marie Thornton, USA Today bestselling author
Available in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audiobook Editions.
The Pilot’s Daughter: A Novel by Meredith Jaeger
The glitzy days of 1920s New York meet the devastation of those left behind in World War II in a new, delectable historical novel from USA Today bestselling author Meredith Jaeger.
“Jaeger’s latest is a beautifully rendered ode to New York City, as well as an engrossing family drama. In Ellie and Iris, she’s created two compassionate, conflicted heroines whose search for the truth resonates in all the best ways. Stirring and powerful.”—Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue
“Wow, wow, wow. What a page turner . . . I gasped. I cried. I cheered. The Pilot’s Daughter is one of the few books that truly earns the descriptor ‘unputdownable’. Iris and Ellie’s stories will stay with me for a long time.”—Sally Hepworth, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister
Available November 2nd in Trade Paperback, eBook, and Audio Editions.
Five Decembers: A Novel by James Kestrel
Five Decembers is a gripping thriller, a staggering portrait of war, and a heartbreaking love story, as unforgettable as All the Light We Cannot See.
“Read this book for its palpitating story, its perfect emotional and physical detailing and, most of all, for its unforgettable conjuring of a steamy quicksilver world that will be new to almost every reader.”—Pico Iyer, author of A Beginner’s Guide to Japan
“Magnificent . . . a transcendent love story and a gripping thriller . . . it works superbly . . . plot strands come together exquisitely in a truly breathtaking finale that is unbearably violent one moment and tearfully tender the next . . . Give this special novel the word of mouth it so richly deserves.”—Booklist, starred review
Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions.
When the Missouri Ran Red: A Novel of the Civil War by Jim R. Woolard
Set in the final devastating months of the American Civil War, this powerhouse of a novel from award-winning author Jim R. Woolard follows one man’s harrowing journey from Confederate captive to Union prisoner to unchained force of vengeance.
Autumn, 1864. Rebel bushwhackers have seized and looted a small town in Missouri. Wounded and left for dead by his half-brother, seventeen-year-old Owen Wainwright is captured and conscripted by the Confederate Army. As the troops’ blacksmith, he witnesses the horrors of war firsthand: the savagery of General Selby’s Iron Brigade, the massacres of Union troops, the bloody battles at Lexington, Westport, and Mine Creek. Against all odds, Owen survives with the help of an unlikely ally—a new friend in arms and the only person he trusts. But if fate is cruel, war can be crueler . . .
Caught in the crossfire of a deadly Yankee ambush, Owen is arrested and jailed in a Union prison. Beaten and brutalized by guards, he begins to give up hope—until a U.S. Marshal comes to him with an unusual offer. Owen’s traitorous half-brother is wanted for murder. If Owen agrees to help the U.S. Marshal infiltrate the Texas winter camp of Confederate guerillas—and bring his brother to justice—Owen will have both his freedom and his revenge. But the risks are great. The price of getting caught is death.
Available in Hardcover and eBook Editions.
A Historical Fiction Listen for Young Adults:
The Diamond Keeper by Jeannie Mobley; Read by Caroline Hewitt
A thrilling tale of the elusive Hope Diamond’s journey across Europe during the French Revolution, with gorgeous, absorbing writing from Jeannie Mobley!
Eighteen-year-old Claudie Durand’s future is planned. She’ll take over the family inn, watch her much prettier younger sister, Mathilde, married off to the butcher’s son, and live out her days alone, without the hope of finding a love of her own. Her mother ran off to the cloister when she was young, and her gruff, abusive father has deemed her unmarriageable, a nuisance, and only good for hard labor.
But outside their small village in Brittany, a revolution is brewing. When the Army of the Republic seizes their town, and Claudie finds herself at the center of the conspiracy, she and Mathilde must flee their sheltered life and take up a cause that, up till now, had always seemed like a distant conflict. As the sisters carry out a dangerous mission for the resistance: delivering a precious item to the mysterious Rooster of Rennes—Claudie’s conscience is torn between the longing to return to her predictable, lonely existence and the desire to carve out a new future, reaching for the life—and love—she never dared dream of but knew deep down she truly deserved.
Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio Editions.