New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

April 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel

April 17, 2014
Prose, Francine, 1947-
New York : Harper, [2014].
436 pages ; 24 cm.
"A richly imagined and stunningly inventive story of love, art, and betrayal in Paris of the 20's, 30's, and 40's"-- Provided by publisher.

Spirits revived : spirits, featuring Daisy Gumm Majesty

April 16, 2014
Duncan, Alice, 1945-
[Waterville, Maine] : Five Star, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2014]
249 pages ; 23 cm.
When a real live (or dead) spirity invades Daisy Gumm Majesty's body as she's conducting a seance and claims he was murdered, Daisy is shocked and afraid but also curious. She's a fake spiritualist, so how did a real spirit manage to speak through her? Who killed Eddie Hastings, and why did the Pasadena Police Dept. rule his death a suicide?

The serpent of Venice

April 16, 2014
Moore, Christopher, 1957- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
326 pages : map ; 24 cm
"William Shakespeare meets Edgar Allan Poe in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's THE SERPENT OF VENICE! Oh, yeah, and everyone's favorite fool, Pocket of Dog Snogging, is back, too"-- Provided by publisher.

Sinful folk : a novel of the Middle Ages

April 15, 2014
Hayes, Ned.
©2014
398 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Based on the true story of five children who were burned to death in 1377, Ned Hayes' debut historical novel describes the desperate journey of a small band of villagers who traveled 200 miles across England in midwinter to demand justice for their children's deaths" --Cover flap.

The sea house : a novel

April 15, 2014
Gifford, Elisabeth.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2014].
308 pages : map ; 25 cm
Originally published as: Secrets of the sea house, Rearsby, Leicester ; WF Howes Ltd, 2013.
"In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris. He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies--mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries. He has a more personal motive, too; family legend states that Alexander is descended from seal men. As he struggles to be the good pastor he was called to be, his maid Moira faces the terrible eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island. Their time on the island will irrevocably change the course of both their lives, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child's fragile legs are fused together--a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? To heal her own demons, Ruth feels she must discover the secrets of her new home--but the answers to her questions may lie in her own traumatic past. The Sea House is a sweeping tale of hope and redemption and a study of how we heal ourselves by discovering our histories"-- Provided by publisher.

Patriot's daughter : the story of Anastasia Lafayette

April 15, 2014
Malvern, Gladys, author.
El Paso, Texas : Special Edition Books, [2011].
vi, 209 pages ; 24 cm.

The Johnstown girls

April 14, 2014
George, Kathleen, 1943-
Pittsburgh, PA : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2014]
vii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The Johnstown Girls is a heartrending tale of twin sisters separated by the 1889 flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Kathleen George masterfully blends a factual history of the flood into her story of two sisters, whose search for each other over the course of one hundred years unfolds after their lives were sent careening down different paths"-- Provided by publisher.

The Shadow Queen

April 9, 2014
Gulland, Sandra.
©2014.
321 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
Pulled by chance from her traveling actor family into service under the influential mistress of Louis XIV, Claudette uses her considerable talents to spy on personal and political rivals, only to have her loyalty questioned in the wake of a mercurial Athénaïs's fascination with dark magic.

The Pelican bride : a novel

April 9, 2014
White, Beth, 1957-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
365 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Gulf Coast chronicles, book 2.
"A fiesty young Frenchwoman gets more than she bargained for when she flees to the New World as a mail-order bride"-- Provided by publisher.

The lie

April 7, 2014
Dunmore, Helen, 1952- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2014]
294 pages ; 22 cm
"Cornwall, 1920. Daniel Branwell has survived the First World War and returned to the small fishing town where he was born. Behind him are the trenches and the most intense relationship of his life. As he works on the land, struggling to make a living in the aftermath of war, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the traumas of the past and memories of his dearest friend and his first love. As the drama unfolds, Daniel is haunted by the terrible, unforeseen consequences of a lie. Set in France during the First World War and in postwar Cornwall, this is a deeply moving and mesmerizing story of the 'men who marched away'" -- from publisher's web site.

The Venetian bargain

April 7, 2014
Fiorato, Marina.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2014].
407 pages ; 21 cm
"Venice, 1576. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly cargo. A man, more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into Piazza San Marco. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople. Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague--and the Turkish Sultan has his revenge. But the ship also holds a secret stowaway--Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the Sultan's concubine. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice. In despair, the Doge commissions the architect Andrea Palladio to build the greatest church of his career--an offering to God so magnificent that Venice will be saved. But Palladio's life is in danger too, and it will require all the skills of Annibale Cason, the city's finest plague doctor, to keep him alive. What Annibale had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio's protection--an impossible woman whose medical skills and determination are matched only by his own. From Marina Fiorato, author of the acclaimed historical novel The Glassblower of Murano, comes a triumphant return to historical Venice with Venetian Bargain"-- Provided by publisher.

Miss Emily

April 4, 2014
Mutén, Burleigh.
Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2014.
134 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
"When an invitation to join Miss Emily in the garden appears, Mattie, Ned, Sally, and Mac know they're in for some fun because Miss Emily--Emily Dickinson to the rest of us--always has a surprise in store for her young friends. And today's may be the biggest adventure yet. Mac, the youngest member of the group, tells what happens when a reclusive poet and her band of pretend Gypsies wait for the midnight circus train to arrive."--Dust jacket.

The ten thousand things : a novel

April 3, 2014
Spurling, John, 1936-
New York : Overlook Hardcover, 2014.
354 pages ; 24 cm
"In the turbulent final years of the Yuan Dynasty, Wang Meng is a low-level bureaucrat, employed by the government of Mongol conquerors established by the Kublai Khan. Though he wonders about his own complicity wit this regime-the Mongols, after all, are invaders-he prefers not to dwell on his official duties, choosing instead to live the life of the mind. Wang is an extraordinarily gifted artist. His paintings are at once delicate and confident; in them, one can see the wind blowing through the trees, the water rushing through rocky valleys, the infinite expanse of China's natural beauty. But this is not a time for sitting still, and as The Ten Thousand Things unfolds, we follow Wang as he travels through an empire in turmoil. In his wanderings, he encounters, among many memorable characters, other master painters of the period, including the austere eccentric Ni Zan, a fierce female warrior known as the White Tigress who will recruit him as a military strategist, and an ugly young Buddhist monk who rises from beggary to extraordinary heights. The Ten Thousand Things is rich with exquisite observations, and John Spurling endows every description-every detail-with the precision and depth that the real-life Wang Meng brought to his painting. But it is also a novel of fated meetings, grand battles, and riveting drama, and in its seamless fusion of the epic and the intimate, it achieves a truly singular beauty. A novel that deserves to be compared to the classic Chinese novels that inspired it, The Ten Thousand Things is nothing short of a literary event"-- Provided by publisher.

The meaning of names : a novel

April 2, 2014
Shoemaker, Karen Gettert, 1957-
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2014]
219 pages ; 22 cm
"Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatened to consume the whole world. The Meaning of Names re-creates a world gone by that speaks eloquently to modern day issues" -- Provided by publisher.

The world's smallest Bible : a novel

April 2, 2014
Must, Dennis.
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, [2014]
190 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

The miracle thief

April 2, 2014
Anthony, Iris, author.
Naperville : Sourcebooks, 2014.
378 p. ; 21 cm.
Do you believe in miracles? Sister Juliana does. She's seen miracles happen as she tends Saint Catherine's altar and guards her relic. Yet she doesn't quite dare to believe that even Saint Catherine could help her atone for her wicked past. Anna does. And she so desperately needs one. In a time when a deformity is interpreted as evidence of a grievous sin, in a place where community is vital to existence, Anna has no family, no home, and no master. Princess Gisele wants to. A miracle is the only thing that can save her from being given to a brutal, pagan chieftain in marriage. For those who come in faith, saints offer the answer to almost any prayer. But other forces are plotting to steal Saint Catherine's relic, to bend the saint's power to their own use. Penitent, pilgrim, princess — all will be drawn into an epic struggle where only faith can survive. But in a quest for divine blessing, only the most ruthless of souls may win the prize.

I pity the poor immigrant : a novel

April 2, 2014
Lazar, Zachary.
©2014
249 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In Israel to investigate a writer's murder, Hannah Groff unravels a knot involving the mafia, a Holocaust survivor and former mistress of American gangster Meyer Lansky, and her own father.

Sedition : a novel

April 1, 2014
Grant, Katharine, 1958-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
307 pages ; 22 cm
"The setting: London, 1794. The problem: Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters. The plan: The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed. The complications: The lascivious (and French) piano teacher; the piano maker's jealous (and musically gifted) daughter; the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own. While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want? In her wickedly alluring romp through the late-Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly-fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret life of William Shakespeare

April 1, 2014
Morgan, Jude, 1962-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
438 pages ; 22 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Headline Review, 2012.
"There are so few established facts about how the son of a glove maker from Warwickshire became one of the greatest writers of all time that some people doubt he could really have written so many astonishing plays. We know that he married Anne Hathaway, who was pregnant and six years older than he, at the age of eighteen, and that one of their children died of the plague. We know that he left Stratford to seek his fortune in London, and eventually succeeded. He was clearly an unwilling craftsman, ambitious actor, resentful son, almost good-enough husband. But when and how did he also become a genius? The Secret Life of William Shakespeare pulls back the curtain to imagine what it might have really been like to be Shakespeare before a seemingly ordinary man became a legend. In the hands of acclaimed historical novelist Jude Morgan, this is a brilliantly convincing story of unforgettable richness, warmth, and immediacy"-- Provided by publisher.

The revolutions

April 1, 2014
Gilman, Felix.
New York : Tor, 2014.
413 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A novel"--Jacket.
"In 1893, young journalist Arthur Shaw is at work ... when the Great Storm hits London, wreaking unprecedented damage. In its aftermath, Arthur's newspaper closes, owing him money, and all his debts come due at once ... At one of [his fiancée Josephine's occult society] meetings, Arthur is given a job lead for what seems to be accounting work, but at a salary many times what any clerk could expect. The work is long and peculiar, as the workers spend all day performing unnerving calculations that make them hallucinate or even go mad, but the money is compelling. Things are beginning to look up when the perils of dabbling in the esoteric suddenly come to a head: a war breaks out between competing magical societies"--Dust jacket flap.

Irenicon

April 1, 2014
Harte, Aidan, 1979-
©2012.
480 pages : map ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Jo Fletcher, 2012.
The river Irenicon is a feat of ancient Concordian engineering. Blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, using Wave technology, it divided the only city strong enough to defeat the Concordian Empire. But no one could have predicted the river would become sentient'and hostile. Sofia Scaligeri, the soon-to-be Contessa of Rasenna, has inherited a city tearing itself apart from the inside. And try as she might, she can see no way of stopping the culture of vendetta that has the city in its grasp. Until a Concordian engineer arrives to build a bridge over the Irenicon, clarifying everything: the feuding factions of Rasenna can either continue to fight each other or they can unite against their shared enemy. And they will surely need to stand together for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again.

Murder at Westminster Abbey

April 1, 2014
Carmack, Amanda.
New York : Obsidian, c2014.
297 p. ; 17 cm.
"Life at the center of the new royal court is abuzz with ambition and gossip--very different from the quiet countryside, where Kate served Elizabeth during her exile. Making her way among the courtiers who vie for the new queen's favor, Kate befriends Lady Mary Everley. Mary is very close to Elizabeth. With their red hair and pale skin, they even resemble each other--which makes Mary's murder all the more chilling. The celebrations go on despite the pall cast over them. But when another redhead is murdered, Kate uncovers a deadly web of motives lurking just beneath the polite court banter, and follows the trail of a killer whose grievance can only be answered with royal blood"--P. [4] of cover.

The winter bride

April 1, 2014
Gracie, Anne
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
324 p. ; 18 cm.
Marriage-phobic Damaris Chance finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him.

The man who walked away : a novel

March 28, 2014
Casey, Maud.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.
233 p. ; 22 cm.
"In a trance-like state, Albert walks--from Bordeaux to Poitiers, from Chaumont to Macon, and farther afield to Turkey, Austria, Russia--all over Europe. When he walks, he is called a vagrant, a mad man. He is chased out of towns and villages, ridiculed and imprisoned. When the reverie of his walking ends, he's left wondering where he is, with no memory of how he got there. His past exists only in fleeting images"--Dust jacket flap.

Clara : a novel

March 28, 2014
Palka, Kurt, 1941- author.
Toronto : Emblem, 2014.
369 p. ; 21 cm.
"Originally published in hardcover under the title Patient number 7 by McClelland & Stewart in 2012."--T.p. verso.
A story of love between an aristocratic young woman and the cavalry officer she marries, set in Austria during the tumultous days before, during, and after World War II.

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