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Media: The Only Historical Fiction Books You Need to Read this Summer

Updated: Jan 25, 2022

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August 9, 2020

As the world slowly adjusts to our new reality, many are looking back at crucial moments in history for guidance, such as the response to the 1918 influenza pandemic, and how, despite the dangers of current conspiracy theories surrounding the coronavirus, these theories have been a part of nearly every major tragedy in history. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bomb, a tragic reminder of our nation’s past and how far we still have to go.

It’s a pivotal year for many of us, and people are turning to fiction as a way to cope with the present and make sense of our past. This is why historical fiction is now more relevant than ever. Authors take well-known time periods, people and major historical events and create beautiful, heartbreaking fictionalizations that showcase how relevant our collective, problematic past is today. Here are eleven of our favorite recent historical fiction novels, spanning a range of periods and subgenres. Many of these are available now, including a few upcoming titles that you can add to your TBR for this year!

Becoming Mrs. Lewis is available now in Expanded Paperback as well as Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Audiobook Collection. Order here and learn more about the inspiration behind the story and the New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan.


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