New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

November 22, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

How to be both : a novel

November 21, 2014
Smith, Ali, 1962-
New York : Pantheon, [2014]
371 pages ; 22 cm.
"Man Booker Prize finalist"--Cover.
How can one be both--near and far, past and present, male and female? Two characters inhabit the spaces between categories. In one half of the book, we follow the story of Francescho del Cossa, a Renaissance painter in fifteenth-century Italy who assumes a duel identity, living as both a man and a woman. In the novel's other half, George, a contemporary English teenage girl, is in mourning after the death of her brilliant, rebellious mother. As she struggles to fill the void in her life, George finds her thoughts circling again and again around a whimsical trip she and her mother once made to Italy, to see a certain Renaissance fresco... These two stories call out to each other in surprising and deeply resonant ways to form a veritable literary double-take, bending the conventions of genre, storytelling, and our own preconceptions-- Provided by publisher.

Bryant & May and the bleeding heart : a Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery

November 21, 2014
Fowler, Christopher, author.
New York : Bantam Books, 2014.
383 pages ; 22 cm.
"A teenager sees a dead man rise from his grave--and moments later is killed in a sudden hit-and-run accident. Seven ravens housed in the impenetrable fortress that is the Tower of London vanish without a trace--and legend has it that when the ravens leave, the city will fall. Bryant and May must figure out how these two inexplicable, seemingly unrelated mysteries fit together as they begin an investigation that finds them confronting a group of latter-day body snatchers and exploring the corridors of an eerie funeral parlour, all to unearth the truth behind the gruesome legend of Bleeding Heart Yard"-- Provided by publisher.

Itsuka

November 21, 2014
Kogawa, Joy.
New York : Anchor Books, 1994.
331 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Obasan.
Itsuka, the sequel to Obasan, follows the character Naomi Nakane into adulthood, where she becomes involved in the movement for governmental redress. Much more overtly political than Kogawa's first novel, the story focuses on reaching that itsuka - someday - when the mistreatment of those of Japanese heritage during World War II would be recognized. Although during the war both the United States and Canada interned Japanese-Americans and confiscated their property, when the war ended the property of those in Canada was never returned to them. Itsuka is the story of the fight to get government compensation for the thousands of victims of the wartime internment, which was, unbelievably, only just accomplished in 1988. Both a moving novel of self-discovery and a fascinating historical account of the fight for redress, Itsuka's final message is one of inspiration and hope.

The barefoot queen : a novel

November 20, 2014
Falcones de Sierra, Ildefonso, 1959- author.
©2014
647 pages ; 25 cm
Translation of: La Reina Descalza.
Published in Spain by Grijalbo, 2013. This translation originally published in Great Britain by Doubleday, 2014.
Facing homelessness after the death of her master, Cuban former slave Caridad becomes a freedom fighter at the side of rebellious gypsy Milagros Carmona, with whom she confronts increasingly hostile elements in mid-eighteenth-century Madrid.

A price to pay : a novel

November 17, 2014
Capus, Alex, author.
London : Haus Publishing, 2014.
233 pages ; 21 cm
Traces three people's lives from the one moment they are all in the same place, Zurich Station, a pacifist who ends up working on the Manhattan Project, an aspiring singer turned Allied spy, and an art forger.

The queen of four kingdoms : an historical novel

November 14, 2014
Michael, of Kent, Princess.
New York : Beaufort Books, [2014]
xvi, 380 pages : map, genealogical table ; 24 cm

The Paris winter : a novel

November 14, 2014
Robertson, Imogen, 1973-
©2013
360 pages ; 25 cm
"Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris, she quickly realizes, is no place for a light purse. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling decadence of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud is hired by Christian Morel as companion to his beautiful, young sister, Sylvie. But Sylvie, Maud discovers, is not quite the darling she seems. She has a secret addiction to opium and an ominous air of intrigue. As Maud is drawn further into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. And before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light. Set against the backdrop of the Great Flood, The Paris Winter is a dark and powerful tale of deceit and revenge from a masterful storyteller. "

The final recollections of Charles Dickens : a novel

November 11, 2014
Hauser, Thomas.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2014]
161 pages ; 21 cm
"England, 1870: His health failing, his most important work all but done, Charles Dickens is readying himself for the final bed. But there is still one more story that he must tell. As a young journalist just getting his start, Dickens encountered a story that would affect him for the rest of his life. As his "Sketches by Boz" column is just beginning to find acclaim, young Dickens encounters the wealthy and powerful Charles Wingate. While researching the mysterious businessman, Dickens uncovers a horrific story of corruption and violence, centered on a mutilated prostitute and the murder of her lover. Dickens's investigation could wreak havoc on Wingate and, more importantly, his beautiful wife Amanda. Dickens, already betrothed to his publisher's daughter, realizes just how loveless his future marriage will be as he falls in love with Amanda - even as his story threatens to ruin the Wingates. The Final Recollections of Charles Dickensblends a historically-accurate telling of Dickens's life with a gripping portrait of betrayal, murder, obsession, and love. It's the story of Dickens's deflowering and coming of age, caught between the worlds of England's ruling elite and the seamy underside of London society. In this experience we witness the seeds being sown for what will become Dickens's most popular and revered novels, and the social philosophies -rich versus poor -behind them. Meticulously researched and masterfully told, The Final Recollections of Charles Dickens captures the voice of the beloved author, the divided city of London, and the uncertain tenor of the times"-- Provided by publisher.

McGlue

November 11, 2014
Moshfegh, Ottessa, author.
©2014
118 pages ; 21 cm
"The Fence Modern Prize in Prose, selected by Rivka Galchen."
"McGlue is in the hold, too drunk from the night before to be sure of name or situation or orientation--he may have killed a man. That man may have been his best friend. Intolerable memory accompanies sobriety. A sail on the seas of literary tradition, Moshfegh gives us a nasty heartless blackguard, a knife-sharp voyage through the fogs of recollection."--Page 4 of cover.

No stopping train : a novel

November 11, 2014
Plesko, Les, author.
Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2014]
xiv, 318 pages ; 21 cm
"No Stopping Train is the magnum opus and final novel of the late writer Les Plesko, a powerful, swirling novel of memory and violence set during the Hungarian Revolution. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a spontaneous nationwide revolt following World War II that spread quickly across the destabilizing country. A new government pledged to reestablish free elections until a large Soviet force invaded, killing more than 2,500 Hungarians and forcing 200,000 Hungarians to flee the country. Mass arrests and denunciations continued for months until a new Soviet installed government suppressed all opposition. Public discussion of this revolution was suppressed in Hungary for more than 30 years. Although the revolution failed, it served as a source of great inspiration to many Hungarians, and here Les Plesko taps into his country's history as the dramatic backdrop to his most accomplished and powerful novel. Sandor and Margit are young lovers suffering with their nation through the degradations of war, hunger, and political oppression in Budapest. Into their lives comes the mercurial Erzsebet--ravaged, war-torn, alluring. Their eventual love triangle upends an already tenuous existence and threatens what little safety they have found in a nation on the brink of revolution. When Sandor's activities as an underground publisher are exposed in a vicious act of betrayal, the lives of each of our characters will never be the same. No Stopping Train is a stylistic tour de force and the final work of Les Plesko" -- Provided by publisher.

The moonlight palace

November 10, 2014
Rosenberg, Liz, author.
©2014
164 pages ; 21 cm
"Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British. Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather's pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery, love, and loyalty in the most unexpected places. The Moonlight Palace is a coming-of-age tale rich with historical detail and unforgettable characters set against the backdrop of dazzling 1920s Singapore."--Page 4 of cover.

The laws of murder

November 7, 2014
Finch, Charles (Charles B.)
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
290 pages ; 25 cm.
"It's 1876, and Charles Lenox, once London's leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love, detection. With high hopes he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did. Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent's Park. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death - an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket - he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth. With all the humanity, glamor, and mystery that readers have come to love, the latest Lenox novel is a shining new confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch's Victorian series"-- Provided by publisher.

Grail knight

November 7, 2014
Donald, Angus, 1965-
©2013
421 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A novel of Robin Hood"--Cover.
"In 1200 A.D., much in England has changed. Richard the Lionhearted has died and his duplicitous brother John has taken the throne. The Earl of Locksley has been outlawed by his old enemy, now the king, and Sir Alan Dale has had the estates granted to him by Richard I taken away again. But still Alan Dale lives comfortably with his beloved wife pregnant with their first child. But the good times aren't going to last. First, an old crime resurfaces and powerful forces being circling, seeking vengeance, including a renegade band of Knights Templar. Next, Alan's wife falls gravely ill and the only thing that might have the power to save her is the most sacred object in all of Christendom: the Holy Grail. Now, with the Templars hounding them at every turn, Alan Dale and his Lord, Robin Earl of Locksley--Robin Hood--must chase down the grail, believed to be in the hands of one of their old enemies. Chasing all over England and France, Alan, Robin Hood, and their companions in their quest, must find and procure the Cup of Christ before time runs out and all hope is lost. "-- Provided by publisher.

A deadly measure of brimstone : a Dandy Gilver mystery

November 7, 2014
McPherson, Catriona, 1965-
©2013
291 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"Catriona McPherson's critically acclaimed mystery series set in 1920s Scotland and featuring plucky and laugh-out-loud-funny heroine Dandy Gilver is perfect for fans of PG Wodehouse, Dorothy L Sayers, and Agatha Christie. In this new book, Dandy and the whole Gilver clan travel to a spa town for a weekend of relaxation which is quickly interrupted by a slew of mysterious - and deadly - events. The men of the Gilver family have come down, between them, with influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia and pleurisy. The family repairs to the Borders town of Moffat, there to submit to the galvanic wraps and cold salt rubs of the splendid Laidlaw Hydropathic Hotel. But all is not well at the Hydro, and the secret of the lady who arrived but never left cannot be kept for long. And what of those drifting shapes in the Turkish bath? Just steam shifting in the air? Probably. But in this town the dead can be as much trouble as the living. "-- Provided by publisher.

The royal succession

November 5, 2014
Druon, Maurice, 1918-2009, author.
London : HarperCollins, 2014.
xxv, 325 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Translated from the French.
'No woman shall succeed in Salique land' Louis X is dead, poisoned, murdered, by the hand of Mahaut d'Artois. Her plan is simple - to clear the path to the throne for her son-in-law Philippe. However, there is the small matter of Queen Clemence and her unborn child. As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. However, how far is he willing to go to clear his path to the throne and become King in his own right?

Lady Elinor's wicked adventures

November 4, 2014
Marek, Lillian, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
347 pages ; 18 cm
The intrepid Lady Elinor Tremaine is caught up in the Victorian fervor for exploring distant lands. Her travels throw her back in the company of an old friend-this time, far from the security of polite society. Harry de Vaux, Viscount Tunbury, has loved Lady Elinor for as long as he can remember- but his family's sordid background put her completely out of his reach. Prowling through Etruscan ruins in Italy with Elinor is exquisite torture. She is so close, and so forbidden...

Far as the eye can see : a novel

November 4, 2014
Bausch, Robert.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2014.
307 pages : map ; 24 cm
Bobby Hale is a Union veteran several times over. After the war, he sets his sights on California, but only makes it to Montana. As he stumbles around the West, from the Wyoming Territory to the Black Hills of the Dakotas, he finds meaning in the people he meets-settlers and native people-and the violent history he both participates in and witnesses. Far as the Eye Can See is the story of life in a place where every minute is an engagement in a kind of war of survival, and how two people-a white man and a mixed-race woman-in the midst of such majesty and violence can manage to find a pathway to their own humanity.

Snow White red-handed

October 30, 2014
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
328 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from: Cinderella six feet under (pages [319]-328).
"Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she'll need more than a bit of charm. 1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady's maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White's cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead--poisoned by an apple--the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene. To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she'll have to break a cunning killer's spell before her own time runs out"--Page [4] of cover.

Citizens Creek : a novel

October 30, 2014
Tademy, Lalita, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
420 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Buying his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian wars, Cow Tom builds a remarkable life and legacy that is sustained by his courageous granddaughter.

Rake's handbook : including field guide

October 30, 2014
Orr, Sally, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014].
345 pages ; 18 cm
"The definitive guide to seduction...The Rake's Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies--who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook--but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross's notoriety is working against him, and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart. Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross's country estate. She's appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industral plans. Elinor is sure her heart is immune to Ross's seductive ways. But he keeps coming around...impressing her with his vision for England's future and stunning her with his smiles. How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?"--Page [4] of cover.

The viscount who lived down the lane

October 29, 2014
Boyle, Elizabeth.
New York : Avon Books, c2014.
374 p. ; 18 cm.
"As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights. Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her 'improvements,' and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return ... until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance."--from cover, page [4].

The siege : a novel

October 29, 2014
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo.
New York : Random House, 2014.
598 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"Cádiz, 1811. The Spanish port city has been surrounded by Napoleon's army for a year. Their backs to the sea, its residents endure routine bombardments and live in constant fear of a French invasion. And now the bodies of random women have begun to turn up throughout the city, victims of a shadowy killer. Police Comisario Rogelio Tizón has been assigned the case. Known for his razor-sharp investigation skills--as well as his brutal interrogation methods--Tizón has seen everything. Or so he thought"--Amazon.com.

A rake by any other name

October 29, 2014
Marlowe, Mia.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
347 pages ; 18 cm
When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family's financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he's already planned to marry someone else. Miss Sophie Goodnight isn't too keen on becoming his purse with feet...and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father's past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.

The sharp hook of love

October 29, 2014
Jones, Sherry, 1961-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
xii, 365 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"The first retelling of the passionate, twelfth-century love story since the discovery of 113 lost love letters between Heloise d'Argenteuil and Pierre Abelard--the original Romeo and Juliet. He was the most famous philosopher in the world, a headmaster and a poet whose dashing good looks would make any woman swoon. She was Paris's most brilliant young scholar, beautiful and wry, and his student. Forbidden by the church and society to love each other, these enchanting lovers defied all the rules to follow their own hearts and risk everything that mattered to them, including each other. An illicit child, a secret marriage, a vengeful uncle: nothing can come between them--until a vicious attack tears them apart forever...or does it? Incorporating original text from their achingly beautiful love letters, this is the tale of Heloise and Abelard, whose love affair, like that of Romeo and Juliet, and Antony and Cleopatra, has become one of the greatest stories of all time. The Sharp Hook of Love is an imaginative, intimate, and erotic portrayal of the star-crossed lovers whose tale of passion and tragedy still touches hearts today"-- Provided by publisher.

Dreamer's pool : a Blackthorn & Grim novel

October 28, 2014
Marillier, Juliet.
New York : ROC, [2014]
xi, 434 pages ; 24 cm.
"A ROC book."
After escaping her wrongful imprisonment, magical healer Blackthorn, living on the fringe of a mysterious forest with a former prison mate named Grim, is duty bound to assist anyone who asks for her help.

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