Novelists Janie Chang and Kate Quinn on rooting out women’s tales from the past, what history can teach us about our present, and how publishers and readers alike can help boost more representative stories
Here’s how “Sunflower Sisters” author Martha Hall Kelly wove a fictional tale into a historical backdrop. To masterfully craft a story that takes place in the middle of a tumultuous time in history is its own work of art. New York Times bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly has done precisely that with her newest novel, “Sunflower Sisters,” which hits shelves on March 30.
- The Vines by Shelley Nolden
- The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton
- Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia
- Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
- The Duke Undone by Joanna Lowell
- Finding Napoleon by Margaret Rodenberg
- To Love and to Loathe by Martha Waters
- When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown
- Take What You Can Carry by Gian Sardar
- Tears of Amber by Sofia Segovia
- The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
- A Peculiar Combination by Ashley Weaver
- Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
- Incredible Doom by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden
- Don’t Breathe a word by Jordyn Taylor
- The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
- The Savage Instinct by M.M. DeLuca
San Diego author’s new book explores the dynamics during World War II at Bletchley Park in England, where codebreakers must solve complex military codes, survive the pressures of secrecy and outwit a Soviet spy who tries to tear apart friendships
The world seems to have grown only more uncertain in the years since, and it’s certainly tough to rival the age of Covid for gothic motifs made manifest. Claustrophobia? Try successive lockdowns spent working, learning, and socialising from home. Isolation? Ditto. Fear of a past that can’t be exorcised? Sounds a lot like “long Covid”.
The Hussar in the title refers to the Winged Hussars, the elite cavalry unit that was a dominant force on the battlefields of Europe for over a hundred years. Hussars were shock troops who attacked quickly and aggressively in order to instill fear and overwhelm the enemy before it had the chance to respond effectively.
The Heart of a Hussar by Griffin Brady is a historical romance novel set in early 17-century Poland, during the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
HarperCollins Focus announced today the launch of its new book imprint, Harper Muse. Expanding the publishing company’s footprint into general market adult fiction, Harper Muse will be under the direction of vice president and publisher, Amanda Bostic. Based in HarperCollins Focus’ Nashville location, the imprint will focus on women’s fiction, historical fiction and southern fiction categories with stories that resonate with Millennial and Generation X readers.
Contenders for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction have been announced, coinciding with celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the author’s birth. This year’s longlist includes four books from Australia, two of which are not yet published in the UK.
Mims Cushing says Kristin Hannah’s new work of historical fiction captures tremendous hardship but also offers hope and optimism.