Looking for a new historical fiction novel? Spanning Titanic to World War 2, here are six recent Penguin Random House Publishing releases in 2020.
Recent Historical Fiction Releases
1. A Thousand Moons– Sebastian Barry
A Thousand Moons was released on March 17, 2020.
Two time Booker Prize finalist, Sebastian Barry, delivers again with this recent fiction release. A Thousand Moons is set in post Civil War TN. It follows Winona Cole, an orphaned Lakota Indian, as she forms a new life. A life with John Cole and Thomas McNulty.
In society torn by Civil War, life is fragile. Another traumatic event threatens the progress of her mending family. In its pages, this novel explores redemption and love.
2. A Book of Lost Friends -Lisa Wingate
A Book of Lost Friends was released on April 7, 2020.
From the author of Before We Were Yours, comes a novel set in 1875 and 1987 Louisiana. With two storylines, this is a historical novel to cherish.
After the Civil War, 3 women head on a quest to Texas: Hannie, a freed slave, Lavinia, the heir to poor plantation, and Juneau Jane, Lavinia’s creole half sister. Hannie hopes to find family stolen by slavery. Juneau and Lavinia are forced by necessity.
In 1897, Benedetta Silva, a first year teacher arrives at a school in Augustine, Louisiana. As she struggles to understand the rural sudents, she finds the mystery of the three women’s journey. And a book that “could change everything.”
3. Code Name Helene– Ariel Lawhorn
Code Name Helene was released on March 17, 2020.
This release brings to life a woman of World War 2: Nancy Wake. She was one of the most decorated women of WW2.
A woman named “The White Mouse” by the German Gestapo, “Hélène” while in London and Madame Andrée upon her return to France.
But, working against the Nazis came at a price. Even more when her identity became clear. Based on true events, it tells the courage of a woman of the French Resistence.
Spies in WW2 were plenty, but some beat them all. She was one that the germans feared and the allies respected. The one all wanted to be.
4. The Immortals of Teh ran -Ali Agrahi
The Immortals of Tehran was released on April 7, 2020.
This recent debut release from Ali Agrahi combines Iranian history with magical realism. This novel tells the tale of Ahmad Torkash-Vand, family curse, and his role.
His story continues through political chaos and life’s changes. The stories around him-and his own-meet in the heart of Iran’s Revolution.
5. The Land Beyond the Sea- Sharon Kay Penman
The Land Beyond the Sea was released on January 23, 2020.
A new historical tale from author, Sharon Kay Penman, provides a glimpse to one of the greatest battles of Jerusalem’s army. An army built from the remains of the first crusaders who conquered the Salacrens in 1099.
Baldwin IV, faced an challenge when the Saladins turned a respect into a quest to conquer Jerusalem, the “land beyond the sea.” Baldwin led his army to victory over Saladin’s larger army in 1177.
This recent release provides historical context mixed with cultural clash. It brings a battle into the world of fiction. Though unknown, this battle set the stage for the modern conflict. If you enjoy historical wars, this is for you.
6. The Deep- Alma Katsu
The Deep was released on March 3, 2020.
Vanishings and deaths ravage The Titanic. However, before four passengers, including Annie Hebley and Mark Fletcher, can discover the cause, the ship sinks.
Years later, Annie is working on The Brittanica. The sister ship is now a hospital. She sees Mark, now a soldier. They then must face the past.
Enjoy shipwrecks and ghosts? This may be the release for you. Many Titanic tales exist. But, few take it on this twist.
If you read any of these recent releases, tell me about it! What are you excited to read? I’m looking forward to the historical tales of The Book of Lost Friends and Code Name Helene!