Now Read This! Genre Newsletter: Historical Fiction

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Whether you prefer reading about World War II or the Crusades, your friendly BPL Reader Services Librarians have recommendations for every reader.

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Historical Fiction Reading Recommendations | Before or after 1800? Before 1800 -> Person or Place? Person -> Ariadne by Jennifer Saint, Place -> Dominus by Steven Saylor | After 1800 -> Wartime or Time of Peace? Wartime -> The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff, Time of Peace -> The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi.

This month's recommendations:


A feminist retelling of the Greek Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur follows Ariadne as she defies the gods, betrays her family and country, and risk everything for love to help Theseus kill the Minotaur.


Saylor continues his multi-generational saga of the history of Rome with Dominus. The novel spans 160 years, from A.D. 165 when the power of Rome was at its height, to the empire under Constantine.

The Woman with the Blue Star

After the liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto by the Nazis during World War II, a young Polish girl struggles to survive by hiding in the sewers beneath the city. The author based the novel on a true story.

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur--A Novel

In this atmospheric new novel that takes place twelve years after The Henna Artist, the protagonist arranges for her former assistant to intern at the Jaipur Palace.