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What’s New – Historical Fiction

History provides fertile material for fiction. The characters and settings are all set, just waiting for a creative mind to mold them into a form that makes sense to readers of our time. You can view the following new/old stories at the Peter White Public Library

“Matrix” by Lauren Groff

Chased from the royal court by Eleanor of Aquitaine (look at her, she is fascinating!), deemed too coarse and badly cut for marriage or court life, Marie de France, 17, is sent to England to be the new prioress of an impoverished abbey. At first taken aback by the severity of her new life, Marie finds concentration and love in the collective life with her singular and mercurial sisters. In this melting pot, Mary gradually supplants her desire for family, country, passions of youth with something new for her: devotion to her sisters and conviction of her own divine visions. Marie, born the latest in a long line of female warriors and crusaders, is determined to chart a bold new path for the women she now leads and protects. Lauren Groff’s new novel, her first since Fates and Furies, is a provocative and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupt world.

“The oath” by AM Linden

Author AM Linden, whose background includes both nursing and anthropology, looks at the time when Britain’s ancient druidic culture was dying out and being replaced by Christianity. Forced to abandon their hidden sanctuary, the last members of a secret Druid cult send the youngest of their remaining priests in search of their high priestess’ sister who was kidnapped by a Saxon war band fifteen years ago. . With only a rudimentary understanding of English and the ambiguous advice of an oracle’s prophecy, the Druid scout manages to find the priestess living in a hut on the grounds of a Christian convent. This novel, rich in both humor and atmosphere, is the first in a series of adventures.

“Stand” by Karen Joy Fowler

From Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of “We are all completely beside ourselves” and “Jane Austen’s Book Club” comes an epic novel about the theatrical family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. Behind the curtains of the many scenes they graced, multiple scandals, family triumphs, and criminal disasters begin to take their toll, and John Wilkes Booth’s solemn siblings must reckon with the truth behind the destructive and specious promise of a first prophecy. . Booth is a gripping portrait of a changing country and a vivid exploration of the bonds that weave and tear a family.

“Razzmataz” by Christopher Moore

San Francisco, 1947, is the setting for Moore’s last novel, a scandalous follow-up to his zany novel Noir. Bartender Sammy ‘Two Toes’ Tiffin and the rest of a motley bunch of work mugs are hard at work. They try to open a driving school for the inhabitants of Chinatown; shanghai an abusive swedish longshoreman; and bring Mable, the local madam, and her daughters to a Christmas party at the public hospital without alerting the overzealous head of the SFPD Vice Squad. Meanwhile, Sammy’s girlfriend, Stilton (aka The Cheese), and her “Wendy the Welder” girlfriends use their wartime shipbuilding skills on a secret project that might catch the attention of some government men. in black. And to make matters worse, someone is murdering the town’s drag kings, and club owner Jimmy Vasco is sure she’s next on the list and wants Sammy to find the killer. It only gets wilder from there, so buckle up for a bit of the old razzmatazz, ladies and gentlemen.

“The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post” by Allison Pataki

“Ms. Post, the President and the First Lady are here to see you.” Such is the average Marjorie Merriweather Post evening. The presidents passed, but she welcomed them all. Covered in diamonds and considered American royalty, Marjorie nonetheless remains the product of her tough Midwestern roots and an insatiable drive to live, love and give. Marjorie is on a journey that began on the Great Plains, where she stuck cereal boxes in her father’s barn as a young girl. No one could have predicted that CW Post’s Postum Cereal Company would fundamentally transform the American way of life and become the vast General Foods empire, with Marjorie as its glittering heiress and leading actress. Not content to stay in her prescribed roles of pampered wife, mother and hostess, Marjorie dared to demand more, going down in history as the leader of the family business and a pioneer in philanthropy and high society. .

“The Murder of Mr. Wickham” by Claudia Gray

After many years of happy marriage, Emma Knightley and her husband throw a house party, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances, not all of whom are well known to the Knightleys but are certainly loved by all Jane Austen fans. : Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Marianne and Colonel Brandon, Anne and Captain Wentworth, and Fanny and Edmund Bertram. Very little invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has brought him new wealth and a growing number of enemies. With his unexpected arrival, anger flares and secrets come to light, making it clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his reward. Still, the Knightleys and their guests are all shocked when Wickham is revealed to be murdered, except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst. Set in Austen’s Regency England, but flavored with the influence of well-bred mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, who wrote a century later, “The Murder of Mr. Wickham” is a captivating escape from a novel.

“The Found Child” by Ann Leary

The year is 1927, and 18-year-old Mary Engle is hired to work as a secretary at a remote but quaint institution for mentally handicapped women called Nettleton State Village for demented women of childbearing age. She is immediately impressed by her employer, the brilliant and distinguished Dr. Agnes Vogel. Dr. Vogel was the only woman in her class in medical school. As a young psychiatrist, she was an outspoken campaigner for women’s suffrage. Today, at forty, Dr. Vogel runs one of the largest and most self-contained public women’s asylums in the country. Mary deeply admires the doctor’s dedication to the poor and vulnerable women she cares for. Shortly after being hired, Mary learns that a girl from her childhood orphanage is one of the inmates. Mary remembers Lillian as a beautiful free spirit with an occasional tempestuous side. Could she be mentally handicapped? When Lillian begs Mary to help her escape, claiming the asylum isn’t what it seems, Mary is faced with a terrible choice. Should she trust her troubled friend with whom she shares a dark childhood secret? Mary’s decision sets off a breathtaking sequence of events with life-altering consequences for everyone.

By Ellen Moore

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