Historical fiction allows you to escape. It takes you to different places and different moments in history that while not fantastical in nature feels like fantasy because you can be in 1800s France or 70s London all with the turn of a page. The novels in this bundle are no different. They will transport you, hold you and take you on journeys you’ve read about only in history books.
Our Remarkable Reads Historical Fiction Bundle includes:
- Cold Millions by Jess Walter
USA Today call’s Jess Walter’s Cold Millions, “a tremendous work, a vivid, propulsive, historical novel with a politically explosive backdrop that reverberates through our own.” Set in 1900s Washington, the novel follows Rye and Gig Dolan, two working class brothers, trying to make a living amidst crime, political corruption and severe income inequalities. The story starts during the free speech riots of 1909 and 1910 and real historical figure, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, feminist and Industrial Workers of the World organizer and founding member of the ACLU, plays a key role. It’s a novel that feels quite familiar and like a cautionary tale told too late. Although this is radically different from Walter’s previous novel, Beautiful Ruins, the craft and care he takes with his characters, the satire and yet the poignancy - it’s classic Jess Walter.
- Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell is founder Gayle’s top picks this season. “William Shakespeare goes unnamed in this brilliant novel by one of my favorite authors, Maggie O'Farrell. The stars of this play are his wife, Agnes, and their twin children, the boy Hamnet and the girl, Judith. As the plague rages in England, a mother tends her family and her community with her skills as midwife, herbalist and healer but they are not enough to save her beloved child. We live through the grief of loss and the attempt of a marriage to survive such loss when words are not enough, even when the wordsmith becomes one of the most famous men in the world. The novel is so prescient given our current state and is a behind the scenes look at a plague and its aftermath from those living through it.”
- Crossings by Alex Landragin
Historical fiction, mystery and myth are packed into Crossings by Alex Landragin - a whirlwind debut novel reminiscent of Cloud Atlas, Life After Life and even The Time Traveler’s Wife. This is a novel that should not be passed up! The preface to the novel begins, “I didn’t write this book. I stole it” and thus begins the story of three manuscripts delivered to the narrator for bookbinding. How the stories connect is revealed whether the novel is read sequentially or in the “Baroness sequence” - a sequence outlined in the beginning of the book that is reminiscent of a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel. Buyer Michelle says, “It’s the story within the story within the story. It’s a story that contains multitudes and it’s why I love it so much. I was taken across time and history in the most magical way.”