Historical Fiction

50 Historical Fiction Books You Need Now

Our booksellers love getting lost in a good book, and here are 50 of our current favorites, grounded in history, and fully imagined by some of the best novelists working today.

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

By Isabel Allende
Translator Nick Caistor , Amanda Hopkinson

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A gorgeously devastating tale of the immigrant experience housed in the historical context of the Spanish Civil War. Told in a narrative voice that is equal parts gripping, grounded and compassionate, this is an inspiring story set in a dark time.

A gorgeously devastating tale of the immigrant experience housed in the historical context of the Spanish Civil War. Told in a narrative voice that is equal parts gripping, grounded and compassionate, this is an inspiring story set in a dark time.

March (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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March (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

March (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Geraldine Brooks

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Touching and deeply endearing, this is a portrait of history through the players inhabiting it told with astounding technical deftness. It’s no wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize.

Touching and deeply endearing, this is a portrait of history through the players inhabiting it told with astounding technical deftness. It’s no wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize.

The Luminaries (Booker Prize Winner)

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The Luminaries (Booker Prize Winner)

The Luminaries (Booker Prize Winner)

By Eleanor Catton

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Beautifully imagined and capturing an entire era of history, The Luminaries is bold, clever, tense and full of so many masterfully rendered story elements to ensure the pages keep turning. From the surface entertainment to the meaningful depths, this is a tale that will stick with you.

Beautifully imagined and capturing an entire era of history, The Luminaries is bold, clever, tense and full of so many masterfully rendered story elements to ensure the pages keep turning. From the surface entertainment to the meaningful depths, this is a tale that will stick with you.

The Ghost Bride

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The Ghost Bride

The Ghost Bride

By Yangsze Choo

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Ghost Bride is a stunning cross-genre historical exploration of period colonialism, a murder mystery, a speculative jaunt through life and death and all woven with gorgeous Chinese folklore.

Ghost Bride is a stunning cross-genre historical exploration of period colonialism, a murder mystery, a speculative jaunt through life and death and all woven with gorgeous Chinese folklore.

The Red Tent - 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel

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The Red Tent – 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel

The Red Tent – 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel

By Anita Diamant

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Anita Diamant pulls Dinah from the Bible and puts readers into her head as she explores the historical turmoil of women in ancient times. This is a rich and unique lens into a time not often given space on the page, least of all at this high quality.

Anita Diamant pulls Dinah from the Bible and puts readers into her head as she explores the historical turmoil of women in ancient times. This is a rich and unique lens into a time not often given space on the page, least of all at this high quality.

Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Trust (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Hernan Diaz

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A truly unique experience, Trust builds a propulsive plot out of four unique components — one novel-within-the-novel, one unfinished manuscript, one memoir, and one short diary. Written in gorgeous prose, it’s a read unlike any other.

A truly unique experience, Trust builds a propulsive plot out of four unique components — one novel-within-the-novel, one unfinished manuscript, one memoir, and one short diary. Written in gorgeous prose, it’s a read unlike any other.

All the Light We Cannot See (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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All the Light We Cannot See (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

All the Light We Cannot See (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Anthony Doerr

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As literary as it is mysterious and fantastical, Doerr masterfully blends history and fiction in this epic tale of strangers whose paths spin closer and intertwine during WWII.

As literary as it is mysterious and fantastical, Doerr masterfully blends history and fiction in this epic tale of strangers whose paths spin closer and intertwine during WWII.

Lover (Prix Goncourt Winner)

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Lover (Prix Goncourt Winner)

Lover (Prix Goncourt Winner)

By Marguerite Duras

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With a new introduction from Viet Thanh Nguyen (A Man of Two Faces), The Lover is brought to new life along with its universality and its timelessness. This is a flawlessly told story with layers seamlessly packed together, making it a modern classic of literary excellence.

With a new introduction from Viet Thanh Nguyen (A Man of Two Faces), The Lover is brought to new life along with its universality and its timelessness. This is a flawlessly told story with layers seamlessly packed together, making it a modern classic of literary excellence.

Washington Black

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Washington Black

Washington Black

By Esi Edugyan

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This is the story of one young boy on a grand adventure and the impossible friendship that comes of it. A riveting journey wrapped in themes of freedom, race and camaraderie, Washington Black challenges you to rethink history from a new perspective.

This is the story of one young boy on a grand adventure and the impossible friendship that comes of it. A riveting journey wrapped in themes of freedom, race and camaraderie, Washington Black challenges you to rethink history from a new perspective.

Manhattan Beach

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Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan

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Gorgeously atmospheric and strikingly real, Manhattan Beach embodies the period it’s set in, populating the stage with remarkably human characters driving a compulsive plot. It’s everything a story needs to be unforgettable.

Gorgeously atmospheric and strikingly real, Manhattan Beach embodies the period it’s set in, populating the stage with remarkably human characters driving a compulsive plot. It’s everything a story needs to be unforgettable.

The Night Watchman (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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The Night Watchman (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Night Watchman (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Louise Erdrich

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Inspired by her grandfather’s life, this Pulitzer Prize winner immerses us in the tumultuous world of a Chippewa reservation in the mid-fifties as compelling characters fight for their home and humanity.

Inspired by her grandfather’s life, this Pulitzer Prize winner immerses us in the tumultuous world of a Chippewa reservation in the mid-fifties as compelling characters fight for their home and humanity.

Cold Mountain: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Cold Mountain: 20th Anniversary Edition

Cold Mountain: 20th Anniversary Edition

By Charles Frazier

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The standout novel of the 90s, Cold Mountain broke all kinds of records, and for good cause. It’s the profoundly moving story of a soldier returning home to his love after the Civil War. A simple premise with deep emotional resonance that elevates it into the upper echelon of literature.

The standout novel of the 90s, Cold Mountain broke all kinds of records, and for good cause. It’s the profoundly moving story of a soldier returning home to his love after the Civil War. A simple premise with deep emotional resonance that elevates it into the upper echelon of literature.

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1)

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Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1)

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1)

By Amitav Ghosh

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A remarkable 19th-century adventure story that evokes similarities to classic authors both in the scope of the adventure and in the depth of character. This novel is a snapshot of the Indian diaspora populated by real-world settings

A remarkable 19th-century adventure story that evokes similarities to classic authors both in the scope of the adventure and in the depth of character. This novel is a snapshot of the Indian diaspora populated by real-world settings

Matrix

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Matrix

Matrix

By Lauren Groff

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A deceptively slim novel of passion and faith, creativity and power, set in 12th-century France, Matrix is both massive in scope and exacting in focus. Told in a bold feminist lens with vibrant prose, this is a story that will pass all too quickly but leave a lasting impression nonetheless.

A deceptively slim novel of passion and faith, creativity and power, set in 12th-century France, Matrix is both massive in scope and exacting in focus. Told in a bold feminist lens with vibrant prose, this is a story that will pass all too quickly but leave a lasting impression nonetheless.

Homegoing

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Homegoing

Homegoing

By Yaa Gyasi

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Set in 18th century Ghana at the heart of the slave trade, this is the story of two sisters facing much different fates. It’s an unflinching narrative of the lasting effects of slavery, and it’s a modern classic you don’t want to miss.

Set in 18th century Ghana at the heart of the slave trade, this is the story of two sisters facing much different fates. It’s an unflinching narrative of the lasting effects of slavery, and it’s a modern classic you don’t want to miss.

The Four Winds: A Novel

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The Four Winds: A Novel

The Four Winds: A Novel

By Kristin Hannah

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Perfect for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing, Kristin Hannah’s stunningly beautiful and heart-wrenching dustbowl drama traces the conflicts and challenges faced by Elsa and her family, who journey west in search of a better life. Elsa’s critical choices shape the lives of the people around her for generations to come.

Perfect for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing, Kristin Hannah’s stunningly beautiful and heart-wrenching dustbowl drama traces the conflicts and challenges faced by Elsa and her family, who journey west in search of a better life. Elsa’s critical choices shape the lives of the people around her for generations to come.

This Other Eden

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This Other Eden

This Other Eden

By Paul Harding

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This stunning novel, based on actual historical events, will leave readers breathless with its gorgeous prose and unforgettable characters. Harding brings Apple Island to life with his lush descriptions. It is a place, and a story that will live on in readers’ minds for years to come.

This stunning novel, based on actual historical events, will leave readers breathless with its gorgeous prose and unforgettable characters. Harding brings Apple Island to life with his lush descriptions. It is a place, and a story that will live on in readers’ minds for years to come.

The Half-Drowned King

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The Half-Drowned King

The Half-Drowned King

By Linnea Hartsuyker

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Based on historical Viking characters, this is a revival of heroic sagas, of ancient magic and of a time long since passed. Grappling with questions of what constitutes a hero, this may take place a century ago, but it still successfully converses with modern themes.

Based on historical Viking characters, this is a revival of heroic sagas, of ancient magic and of a time long since passed. Grappling with questions of what constitutes a hero, this may take place a century ago, but it still successfully converses with modern themes.

The World and All That It Holds: A Novel

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The World and All That It Holds: A Novel

The World and All That It Holds: A Novel

By Aleksandar Hemon

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One for the philosopher, The World and All That It Holds is Aleksandar Hemon at his finest. Spanning decades and continents, this story contains multitudes, making it perfect for lovers of historical fiction. At its core is an examination of love of all kinds, this book also explores history, philosophy and death in a hilarious and heartbreaking way.

One for the philosopher, The World and All That It Holds is Aleksandar Hemon at his finest. Spanning decades and continents, this story contains multitudes, making it perfect for lovers of historical fiction. At its core is an examination of love of all kinds, this book also explores history, philosophy and death in a hilarious and heartbreaking way.

The Remains of the Day

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The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

By Kazuo Ishiguro

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With beautiful restraint, Ishiguro examines class, identity and unexpected freedom through the eyes of a devoted butler as he reminisces about 30 years of English history through the lens of his own.

With beautiful restraint, Ishiguro examines class, identity and unexpected freedom through the eyes of a devoted butler as he reminisces about 30 years of English history through the lens of his own.

The Sound of the Mountain

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The Sound of the Mountain

The Sound of the Mountain

By Yasunari Kawabata

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With gorgeous, flowing prose, Kawabata tells the story of an elderly businessman presented with mounting frustrations from both family and his own memory. Grappling with themes of aging from multiple lenses, this is a quiet, poetic story with much to say.

With gorgeous, flowing prose, Kawabata tells the story of an elderly businessman presented with mounting frustrations from both family and his own memory. Grappling with themes of aging from multiple lenses, this is a quiet, poetic story with much to say.

The Historian

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The Historian

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova

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There are plenty Dracula retellings to choose from, but none do better than The Historian. Bouncing between history, romance, thrills and mythology, it is both refreshingly new and comfortingly familiar. This is vampire literature done right, and it will delight fans of the genre new and old.

There are plenty Dracula retellings to choose from, but none do better than The Historian. Bouncing between history, romance, thrills and mythology, it is both refreshingly new and comfortingly familiar. This is vampire literature done right, and it will delight fans of the genre new and old.

The Flamethrowers

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The Flamethrowers

The Flamethrowers

By Rachel Kushner

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Uniquely told and riddled with biting historical observation, The Flamethrowers tells the story of 1970s New York City on multiple levels. Cinematically told with bouncing prose, it’s at times funny, provocative and moving, but at all times compulsive.

Uniquely told and riddled with biting historical observation, The Flamethrowers tells the story of 1970s New York City on multiple levels. Cinematically told with bouncing prose, it’s at times funny, provocative and moving, but at all times compulsive.

The Lowland

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The Lowland

The Lowland

By Jhumpa Lahiri

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A stunning multigenerational story of a family and the walls that divide them — time, distance, ideology, and death. Incorporating both the joys and pains of life, this is a sibling story rich in universalities and told with such sweeping prose that, even without the impactful story of family, it’s a pleasure to read for the writing alone.

A stunning multigenerational story of a family and the walls that divide them — time, distance, ideology, and death. Incorporating both the joys and pains of life, this is a sibling story rich in universalities and told with such sweeping prose that, even without the impactful story of family, it’s a pleasure to read for the writing alone.

Pachinko

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Pachinko

Pachinko

By Min Jin Lee

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An enthralling multi-generational story of love and ambition, Pachinko was a classic the moment it was published. It’s the tale of a woman in the early 1900s claiming her place in a world so reluctant to give it. This deeply moving, intriguingly complex narrative will be discussed for decades to come.

An enthralling multi-generational story of love and ambition, Pachinko was a classic the moment it was published. It’s the tale of a woman in the early 1900s claiming her place in a world so reluctant to give it. This deeply moving, intriguingly complex narrative will be discussed for decades to come.

Wolf Hall

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Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

By Hilary Mantel

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Watch the events of Henry VIII’s life unfold through the eyes of his sometimes-confidant, sometimes-adversary Thomas Cromwell in this sweeping historical epic.

Watch the events of Henry VIII’s life unfold through the eyes of his sometimes-confidant, sometimes-adversary Thomas Cromwell in this sweeping historical epic.

North Woods

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North Woods

North Woods

By Daniel Mason

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Pulitzer Prize finalist Daniel Mason takes readers on a journey through American history via the inhabitants of a single plot of New England land. This is ultimately a story of how we are all connected, through our environment and our history, and is one that should not be missed.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Daniel Mason takes readers on a journey through American history via the inhabitants of a single plot of New England land. This is ultimately a story of how we are all connected, through our environment and our history, and is one that should not be missed.

The Unsettled

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The Unsettled

The Unsettled

By Ayana Mathis

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The author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is back with a highly anticipated multigenerational novel spanning small town Alabama and 1980s Philadelphia. A portrait of one family’s fight for survival, The Unsettled is for readers of Brit Bennett and Tayari Jones.

The author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie is back with a highly anticipated multigenerational novel spanning small town Alabama and 1980s Philadelphia. A portrait of one family’s fight for survival, The Unsettled is for readers of Brit Bennett and Tayari Jones.

The Good Lord Bird (National Book Award Winner)

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The Good Lord Bird (National Book Award Winner)

The Good Lord Bird (National Book Award Winner)

By James McBride

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A brilliant work that mixes the historical with the fictional, this is James McBride at his perpetual best. It’s the story of a young slave swept up on the perilous journey of a lifetime and it reads well for adults and young readers alike. 

A brilliant work that mixes the historical with the fictional, this is James McBride at his perpetual best. It’s the story of a young slave swept up on the perilous journey of a lifetime and it reads well for adults and young readers alike. 

Lonesome Dove (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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Lonesome Dove (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Lonesome Dove (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Larry McMurtry

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The quintessential Western novel, Lonesome Dove is the story of two Texas Rangers on their last hurrah. Their picturesque ride gives readers a full spectrum of character qualities and emotions. You’ll run the gamut from laughing to crying as these Rangers face the untamed American West.

The quintessential Western novel, Lonesome Dove is the story of two Texas Rangers on their last hurrah. Their picturesque ride gives readers a full spectrum of character qualities and emotions. You’ll run the gamut from laughing to crying as these Rangers face the untamed American West.

Galatea

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Galatea

Galatea

By Madeline Miller

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After Circe and Song of Achilles, all should go confidently into any Greek myth Madeline Miller takes on. Galatea is one such myth, a reprinting of a 2013 short story that is everything it needs to be and then some.

After Circe and Song of Achilles, all should go confidently into any Greek myth Madeline Miller takes on. Galatea is one such myth, a reprinting of a 2013 short story that is everything it needs to be and then some.

Beloved (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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Beloved (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

Beloved (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Toni Morrison

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All you need to know is who wrote it. The indelible Toni Morrison never disappoints, and in what is considered her greatest work, Beloved takes us back to the devastation brought on by slavery and the fractures that it caused. Underneath it all, the chorus of community brings a tune that sings of hope for the future.

All you need to know is who wrote it. The indelible Toni Morrison never disappoints, and in what is considered her greatest work, Beloved takes us back to the devastation brought on by slavery and the fractures that it caused. Underneath it all, the chorus of community brings a tune that sings of hope for the future.

The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Gorgeous prose woven into the breakneck pace of a page-turning thriller. Set in Los Angelos among Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon, this is a story steeped in stakes and begging to be read. Don’t miss it.

Gorgeous prose woven into the breakneck pace of a page-turning thriller. Set in Los Angelos among Vietnamese refugees after the fall of Saigon, this is a story steeped in stakes and begging to be read. Don’t miss it.

Hamnet

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Hamnet

Hamnet

By Maggie O'Farrell

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A meditation on the inspiration borne of tragedy and the story of the indomitable woman behind an iconic visionary. Gorgeous writing, a magnificent plot and the exquisite exploration of love and loss make this a can’t-miss novel from the talented, praise-worthy voice of O’Farrell. Without giving too much away, this is a book that must be savored.

A meditation on the inspiration borne of tragedy and the story of the indomitable woman behind an iconic visionary. Gorgeous writing, a magnificent plot and the exquisite exploration of love and loss make this a can’t-miss novel from the talented, praise-worthy voice of O’Farrell. Without giving too much away, this is a book that must be savored.

The English Patient

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The English Patient

The English Patient

By Michael Ondaatje

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Written with a profound voice that is practically dripping with poetic force, The English Patient is the story of a British soldier living in Canada after WWII, seemingly unaware of who he is. It’s a treatise against war, highlighting the rippling fractures that come from it, and delivering a quiet and moving narrative with a human heart.

Written with a profound voice that is practically dripping with poetic force, The English Patient is the story of a British soldier living in Canada after WWII, seemingly unaware of who he is. It’s a treatise against war, highlighting the rippling fractures that come from it, and delivering a quiet and moving narrative with a human heart.

The Essex Serpent: A Novel

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The Essex Serpent: A Novel

The Essex Serpent: A Novel

By Sarah Perry

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With the help of a fantastic lead character, The Essex Serpent is brilliant historical fiction with mystery, myth and monsters working together to create a compelling narrative. Set in a time when religion, science and magic were actively at odds, this novel embodies that battle and does so with remarkable efficacy.

With the help of a fantastic lead character, The Essex Serpent is brilliant historical fiction with mystery, myth and monsters working together to create a compelling narrative. Set in a time when religion, science and magic were actively at odds, this novel embodies that battle and does so with remarkable efficacy.

Midnight's Children

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Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children

By Salman Rushdie

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The book that launched one of the greatest literary voices of our time, this is the tale of a fully-realized character whose life is tied to the fate of his country. Perfectly balanced with history, myth and the elements of storytelling, this is an unforgettable read of immense impact.

The book that launched one of the greatest literary voices of our time, this is the tale of a fully-realized character whose life is tied to the fate of his country. Perfectly balanced with history, myth and the elements of storytelling, this is an unforgettable read of immense impact.

Lincoln in the Bardo (Booker Prize Winner)

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Lincoln in the Bardo (Booker Prize Winner)

Lincoln in the Bardo (Booker Prize Winner)

By George Saunders

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George Saunders is something of a national treasure, and with this book that walks through genre borders with ease, he tells a devastating story of humanity’s deepest regrets and happiest triumphs. It’s massive in scope, yet exacting in focus and it is a masterclass in narrative voice.

George Saunders is something of a national treasure, and with this book that walks through genre borders with ease, he tells a devastating story of humanity’s deepest regrets and happiest triumphs. It’s massive in scope, yet exacting in focus and it is a masterclass in narrative voice.

A Thousand Acres (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

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A Thousand Acres (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

A Thousand Acres (Pulitzer Prize Winner)

By Jane Smiley

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An effective reimagining of King Lear set in the American Midwest, A Thousand Acres is the story of one daughter cut out of her family’s will and the spiral that follows. Built around a singular family, this is the story of connections and divides and resonates with profoundly American themes.

An effective reimagining of King Lear set in the American Midwest, A Thousand Acres is the story of one daughter cut out of her family’s will and the spiral that follows. Built around a singular family, this is the story of connections and divides and resonates with profoundly American themes.

The Fraud: A Novel

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The Fraud: A Novel

The Fraud: A Novel

By Zadie Smith

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A work of historical fiction, Smith takes on the divisive “Tichborne Trial” that took place in Victorian England — and just happens to feature Charles Dickens. A brilliant book about authenticity and belief, this is a novel that will stick

A work of historical fiction, Smith takes on the divisive “Tichborne Trial” that took place in Victorian England — and just happens to feature Charles Dickens. A brilliant book about authenticity and belief, this is a novel that will stick

Brooklyn

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Brooklyn

Brooklyn

By Colm Toibin

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Emotionally resonant and ripe with themes of the immigrant experience and what it means to be American, Brooklyn is a light read that’s nonetheless impactful in its lasting message.

Emotionally resonant and ripe with themes of the immigrant experience and what it means to be American, Brooklyn is a light read that’s nonetheless impactful in its lasting message.

A Gentleman in Moscow

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles

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Good luck putting this novel down. Equal parts heart and wit, this historical fiction will endear you to the characters, transport you to the scenes, and leave you pondering your own purpose and the people in your life in all the best ways.

Good luck putting this novel down. Equal parts heart and wit, this historical fiction will endear you to the characters, transport you to the scenes, and leave you pondering your own purpose and the people in your life in all the best ways.

The Hummingbird's Daughter

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The Hummingbird's Daughter

The Hummingbird's Daughter

By Luis Alberto Urrea

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From the masterful mind of Luis Alberto Urrea comes the novelized story of Urrea’s great aunt, pitting the magic of folklore against the harsh realities of poverty and war. Despite the looming darkness, this is a tale of hope, faith

From the masterful mind of Luis Alberto Urrea comes the novelized story of Urrea’s great aunt, pitting the magic of folklore against the harsh realities of poverty and war. Despite the looming darkness, this is a tale of hope, faith

The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)

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The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)

The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)

By Abraham Verghese

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Verghese’s first novel since 2008’s bestselling Cutting for Stone is a gorgeous epic about a family in South India where at least one member of each generation dies by drowning. Spanning three generations, Covenant of Water is a beautiful tribute to the sacrifices previous generations make for the sake of those who come after them.  If you’d like to hear the story straight from the author, check out the audiobook or listen to our Poured Over Podcast episode with Abraham Verghese.

Verghese’s first novel since 2008’s bestselling Cutting for Stone is a gorgeous epic about a family in South India where at least one member of each generation dies by drowning. Spanning three generations, Covenant of Water is a beautiful tribute to the sacrifices previous generations make for the sake of those who come after them.  If you’d like to hear the story straight from the author, check out the audiobook or listen to our Poured Over Podcast episode with Abraham Verghese.

The Color Purple (B&N Exclusive Edition)

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The Color Purple (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Color Purple (B&N Exclusive Edition)

By Alice Walker
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No novel is more iconic than The Color Purple, and this exclusive edition in celebration of its 40th anniversary is stunning. Revisit the often tragic, always uplifting story of Celie and Nettie, separated sisters who carry on through letters. It delivers on so many emotional levels and is required reading for anyone.

No novel is more iconic than The Color Purple, and this exclusive edition in celebration of its 40th anniversary is stunning. Revisit the often tragic, always uplifting story of Celie and Nettie, separated sisters who carry on through letters. It delivers on so many emotional levels and is required reading for anyone.

Let Us Descend (Oprah's Book Club)

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Let Us Descend (Oprah's Book Club)

Let Us Descend (Oprah's Book Club)

By Jesmyn Ward

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Jesmyn Ward is always brilliant, and this is no exception. Equally devastating and uplifting, this is the story of both slavery and Black American reclamation of the South. Told with gorgeous, lyrical prose, it will satiate any literary appetite.

Jesmyn Ward is always brilliant, and this is no exception. Equally devastating and uplifting, this is the story of both slavery and Black American reclamation of the South. Told with gorgeous, lyrical prose, it will satiate any literary appetite.

Fingersmith

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Fingersmith

Fingersmith

By Sarah Waters

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A twisting historical narrative that brings back memories of Dickens and Bronte, this is a masterfully plotted mystery dripping in unrelenting suspense. It’s bold, beguiling and delightfully brisque.

A twisting historical narrative that brings back memories of Dickens and Bronte, this is a masterfully plotted mystery dripping in unrelenting suspense. It’s bold, beguiling and delightfully brisque.

The Nickel Boys

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The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

By Colson Whitehead

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Colson Whitehead’s follow-up novel to Underground Railroad won the Pullitzer Prize, and for good reason. This tale of racism and repression is steeped in truths and centers on an actual school guilty of horrible abuses. But underneath the devastation is hope, and a reminder that there is goodness even in the worst of times.

Colson Whitehead’s follow-up novel to Underground Railroad won the Pullitzer Prize, and for good reason. This tale of racism and repression is steeped in truths and centers on an actual school guilty of horrible abuses. But underneath the devastation is hope, and a reminder that there is goodness even in the worst of times.

In Memoriam: A novel

Hardcover $23.24 $28.00

In Memoriam: A novel

In Memoriam: A novel

By Alice Winn

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Sitting at that delectable cross-section of having a deeply human emotional core and a sharp wit, In Memoriam is the story of resilient hope in the face of the devastation of World War I. In its experimental form composed of letters, poems and newspaper clippings, this is a novel that is as unique as it is moving.

Sitting at that delectable cross-section of having a deeply human emotional core and a sharp wit, In Memoriam is the story of resilient hope in the face of the devastation of World War I. In its experimental form composed of letters, poems and newspaper clippings, this is a novel that is as unique as it is moving.

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

How Much of These Hills Is Gold

By C Pam Zhang

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The story of two brilliantly crafted siblings that are as human as characters can be. With unmatched prose and a plot that deepens our understanding of the past and present, this is the story of the American West from a different and necessary perspective.

The story of two brilliantly crafted siblings that are as human as characters can be. With unmatched prose and a plot that deepens our understanding of the past and present, this is the story of the American West from a different and necessary perspective.