Hilary Mantel, the only historical fiction author to win the Man Booker Prize twice, is the most successful author in this genre, but many more authors are now entering the fray. (Yes, fray, a word or an event in historical fiction....)
Here's what's trending in historical fiction:
THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Set in Paris in the 1880's, this is a story of sisters trying to make their way through difficult circumstances. It's been called the "back story behind a subject in Degas' artwork."
THE PLUM TREE by Ellen Marie Wiseman
This debut novel gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a German teenager and her family in World War 2 torn Germany. It is based on the author's own mother's experiences and is a story of love, survival and hope.(Just out in paperback)
THE LAST RUNAWAY by Tracy Chevalier
The author of Girl With a Pearl Earring focuses on a young woman who leaves her homeland, England to travel to America. Tragedy befalls her and she becomes drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network that aids runaway slaves. A powerful story, accurately told...
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Here's a sampling of some well known acclaimed authors of historical fiction.
Geraldine Brooks www.geraldinebrooks.com
Alice Hoffman www.alicehoffman.com
Ken Follett www.ken-follett/com/en