The best historical fiction to curl up with this fall

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The leaves have fallen, the trees are bare and the nights don’t start long Serious late fall after 3 p.m. is upon us and there’s really only one cure: a place of time-travel, courtesy of an exciting crop of brand new historical novels. Enjoy Florence, Approximately in the Early 20th Century A room with a view? A weekend around the wood stove in an early Victorian kitchen? This itinerary includes all those places (and more!), no one needs to leave home.

When Two Wings Fell from the Sky by Margaret Verble (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 12 October)

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We’re not saying it’s all the hippopotamus’ fault, but things were going well at the Glendale Park Zoo until Dinah arrived from Memphis and fell ill immediately. Set in Nashville in 1926, this ensemble story—starring a Cherokee horse-diver named Two, a groom named Hank, and a war-haunted zookeeper named Clive—is a charming, slyly intelligent tale of strange events (the moral of the story: Never disturb a tomboy) and unconventional friendship against the backdrop of the still-separated South.

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhee Kim (HarperCollins; December 7)

Jade is a prostitute, who is sold into the business by her family when starvation is her only option. Jangho is a beggar on the streets of Seoul. Together, they are compelling heroes of an exciting beginning that take us through a vast arc of 20th-century Korean history, lending a painfully human lens to historical events that still resonate today.

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The Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry (Canongate Books, October 19)

In this third installment of the series, Will Raven (an obstetrician in 19th-century Scotland) and Sarah Fisher (a housewife turned aspiring doctor) face their toughest case yet: the unexpected encounter of a distinguished gentleman. Dies, and his son is suspected. his murder. It’s an open and closed affair (Junior was seen arguing with Senior, after all) until Raven’s new fiancée tells him to save her and Sarah is an innocent man. In doing so, however, they uncover secrets from her past – and stumble upon an even greater scandal at the heart of Edinburgh’s high society, involving the body of a child found in a nearby harbour.

The Teller of Secrets by Bissi Adjapon (HarperCollins, November 16)

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“Secret Keeper” is not a role the EAC would have chosen for itself. After all, which teenager wants to bear the burden of knowing about her father’s adultery and the misdeeds of her step-sisters? It is these mysteries – and some undue consequences for her own behavior – that begin Essi’s inquiry about the world in which she was born, which dates back to the 1960s, shortly after the country’s declaration of independence. Ghana is deeply patriarchal. The vibrant force with which ESI has leapt off the page makes us wonder what else is in store for this new voice in historical fiction.

The Last Dance of the Debutante by Julia Kelly (Gallery Books, 23 November)

The year is 1957 and Queen Elizabeth has announced that this would be the last time that young society women would be “presented” in court, the final bow of the traditional “season” which was a thinly disguised marriage market for blue-blooded young women. serves as. . We have this last gasp of pre-war Britain through the eyes of three reluctant (if for different reasons) members of this final crew: Lily, who wants to go to university and doesn’t want to get married; Katherine, whose career ambition rivals that of her socially mobile parents; and Lena, who may appear to be a perfect budding on the surface, but whose interior hides an entirely more complex truth.

Miss Eliza’s English Kitchen by Annabel Ebbs (HarperCollins, October 26)

Based on the true story of Eliza Acton—who became Ina Garten of England in the 1830s, writing a cookbook instead of poetry she really wanted to pen—it’s a tale of ambition that takes one recipe at a time. , all the more miraculous when you know Eliza didn’t know how to cook before starting her ambitious project. It also tells the story of an anti-traditional friendship with a right-handed woman and cook, Ann, who works to forge her way in a world that deprives her of even fewer opportunities than her more privileged boss. .

The Ballad of Laurel Springs by Janet Beard (Gallery Books, October 19)

When Grace hears an old Appalachian folk tune for the first time pretty polly – The haunting story of a young woman murdered by her lover – she has no idea she has stumbled upon a family secret, an echo of tragedy that connects her to the generations of women who lived on these violent mountains before her , keeping the darkness at bay through the songs they’ve passed.

Still Life by Sarah Winman (Penguin Canada, November 9)

Art, EM Forster and the Tuscan Hills – what more could you ask for in a novel? Exploring a little more plot, perhaps, here you go: Set primarily in Florence, Italy, this clever novel switches from time to time from 1901 to 1944 to 1966 and into the 1980s, according to an art historian Evelyn and Ulysses weaves the story together. A British soldier whose life he transforms through a chance encounters a terrifying abandoned villa in the middle of war-torn Italy. It’s rounded out by an inspiring crew of deeply flawed, deeply lovable characters (primarily Ulysses’ friends and a parrot named Claude), and filled in with the spirit of that other famous Florentine chronicler, Forster himself.

The Parishing, Natasia Dion (Slingshot, November 2)

If you fancy your historical novel with a sprinkling of the supernatural, then immediately pre-order this reality-bending tale set in 1930s Los Angeles. Our heroine is Lou, the first black female journalist in the city’s Paper of Records. A feat to be sure, but one overshadowed by the fact that, he is an immortal, sent to this point in history on a mission that has yet to be revealed to him. The task at hand is certainly associated with the firefighter, however, shocked to realize that his That’s the face she’s been painting for years, not knowing who her subject is. You will be connected to page one.

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