New Arrivals · Historical Fiction

May 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The summer guest : a novel

May 27, 2016
Anderson, Alison, author.
©2016
385 pages ; 24 cm
To keep herself occupied after recently losing her sight, Zinaida begins a diary in the summer of 1888. When a family rents a guesthouse on her family's estate, Zinaida meets and befriends Anton, the middle son, who is a doctor and a writer. As the summer progresses, Zinaida's diary becomes an intimate, intropective narrative of her singular relationship with Anton. More than a century later, Katya Kendall discovers Zinaida's diary, and in a last attempt to save her publishing business, she hires Ana to translate the diary. They soon realize that Zinaida's Anton is actually Anton Chekhov, the author and playwright, and that the diary points to the possibility that Chekhov used that summer to write a novel. As Katya and Ana delve deeper, they reflect on the events and forces which have steered them to where they are, and they discover that the manuscript is not the only mystery the diary holds. -- adapted from publisher website and Kirkus reviews.

Marlene

May 27, 2016
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
406 pages ; 24 cm
"Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms."---Provided by publisher.

The Ghost

May 27, 2016
McCarty, Monica, author.
New York : Pocket Books, 2016.
viii, 402 pages ; 17 cm.
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
Joan Comyn swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce after the English tortured her mother. Now she uses her beauty to ferret out secrets and has become the most wanted spy in England. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce, but now fights for England and is determined to uncover "the ghost's" identity.

The Kaminsky cure

May 25, 2016
New, Christopher. author.
London : Saqi, 2005.
348 pages ; 22 cm
Gabi, was born Jewish but converted to Christianity in her teens. Her husband is a Lutheran minister who, on one hand is a proud Aryan, but on the other hand, the conflicted father of children who are half-Jewish. Mindful and resentful of her husband’s ambivalence, Gabi is determined to make sure her children are educated, devising schemes to keep them in school even after learning that any child less than 100% Aryan will eventually be kept from completing education. She even hires tutors who are willing to teach half-Jewish children and in this way comes to hire Fraulein Kaminsky who shows Gabi how to cure her frustration and rage: to keep her mouth filled with water until the urge to scream or rant has passed.--page 2 of cover.

Over the Rhine : a novel

May 25, 2016
Romano, Jean, author.
Bloomington, IN : iUniverse, [2015]
171 pages ; 21 cm
"It is the early 1870s and Emilia is ready for a dose of reality. While embarrassed by her family's efforts to find her a husband, she is more than prepared to leave beautiful Düsseldorf, Germany, and embrace new adventures. Although she has been provided the privilege of nurse's training, Emilia believes marriage holds the key to unlock her true happiness. Wilhelm Knobholtz, past the follies of youth, is a machine designer who needs a wife. After his extended family secretly arranges a meeting with Emilia, the pair marries and begins a life together in Essen. William, who wants his career to take precedence over Emilia's, expects her to serve only as his wife. After the couple emigrates to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1877, Emilia focuses her attention on fulfilling the personal and educational needs of their three children-Elise, William, and Herman. Now as the children mature and develop dreams of their own, they must overcome their own obstacles and attempt to achieve success during uncertain times in America."--Provided by publisher.

Anchor in the storm : a novel

May 24, 2016
Sundin, Sarah, author.
©2016
393 pages ; 22 cm.
"Nothing slows Lillian Avery down -- not her personal challenges and certainly not America's entry into World War II. She finally has a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The demands of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy -- even if he is her brother's best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves -- and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and see, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?" -- Back cover.

Easy pickings

May 24, 2016
Wheeler, Richard S., author.
©2016
285 pages ; 22 cm
"Includes 'Dead Weight' a never-before-published short story" --Cover.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"A widow must defend herself and her property from greedy townsfolk..."--Amazon.com.

Enchanted islands : a novel

May 23, 2016
Amend, Allison, author.
©2016
306 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"Inspired by the midcentury memoirs of Frances Conway, Enchanted Islands is the dazzling story of an independent American woman whose path takes her far from her native Minnesota when she and her husband, an undercover intelligence officer, are sent to the Galápagos Islands at the brink of World War II."--Jacket.

Magruder's curiosity cabinet : a novel

May 23, 2016
Wood, H. P. (Hilary Poole), author.
©2016
363 pages ; 21 cm
Includes author's note and reading group guide.
"After Kitty Armstrong's mother vanishes from their Coney Island hotel in 1904, Kitty finds herself alone, hungry, penniless, and far away from her native England. The last people she'd expect to help her are the cast of characters at Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, a museum of oddities that is home to a handful of freaks. But even the unusual inhabitants of Magruder's may not be a match for the insidious sickness that is plaguing Coney Island ..."-- Provided by publisher.

Outrun the moon

May 20, 2016
Lee, Stacey (Stacey Heather), author.
New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016].
391 pages ; 22 cm
Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. She soon discovers that getting in was the easiest part, and must carve a niche among the spoiled heiresses. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.

Smoke : a novel

May 20, 2016
Vyleta, Dan, author.
©2016
xii, 431 pages ; 25 cm
In an alternate England, where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours from their bodies, Thomas, Charlie, and Livia notice that some people appear to be able to lie without triggering Smoke. As they dig deeper, they discover teachers who have mysterious ties to warring political factions, a sumptuous estate which hides attic rooms and laboratories, revolutionaries who are fighting against a secret police force. They begin to suspect that everything they have been taught about Smoke is a lie; but if that is a lie, what else about their world is lies? What is their place in the struggle between faith and reason, between good and evil? And who can they trust?

Will do magic for small change : a novel of what might have been

May 19, 2016
Hairston, Andrea.
Seattle : Aqueduct Press, 2016.
455 pages ; 23 cm
"Cinnamon Jones dreams of stepping on stage and acting her heart out like her famous grandparents, Redwood and Wildfire. But at 5'10" and 180 pounds, she's theatrically challenged. Her family life is a tangle of mystery and deadly secrets, and nobody is telling Cinnamon the whole truth. Before her older brother died, he gave Cinnamon The Chronicles of the Great Wanderer, a tale of a Dahomean warrior woman and an alien from another dimension who perform in Paris and at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The Chronicles may be magic or alien science, but the story is definitely connected to Cinnamon's family secrets. When an act of violence wounds her family, Cinnamon and her theatre squad determine to solve the mysteries and bring her worlds together. "--Publisher website.

Lost and gone forever : a novel of Scotland Yard's Murder Squad

May 17, 2016
Grecian, Alex, author.
©2016
375 pages ; 24 cm.
"Many changes have happened to the Murder Squad. Rash actions have cost Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith his job, and in response he has set up his own private detective agency. Inspector Walter Day has been missing for a year, and no one knows where he is--though there is a strong suspicion that Saucy Jack has him. Hammersmith has made finding Day his primary case, and he has company--a pair of bounty hunters, a man and a woman. It is only gradually that he has come to realize that they are not what they seem"-- Provided by publisher.

The infidel stain

May 16, 2016
Carter, Miranda, 1965- author.
©2015
xi, 420 pages ; 24 cm.
"Blake and Avery return in the stunning sequel to M. J. Carter's lauded fiction debut, The Strangler Vine. London, 1841. Returned from their adventures in India, Jeremiah Blake and William Avery have both had their difficulties adapting to life in Victorian England. Moreover, time and distance have weakened the close bond between them, forged in the jungles of India. Then a shocking series of murders in the world of London's gutter press forces them back together. The police seem mysteriously unwilling to investigate, then connections emerge between the murdered men and the growing and unpredictable movement demanding the right to vote for all. In the back streets of Drury Lane, among criminals, whores, pornographers, and missionaries, Blake and Avery must race against time to find the culprit before he kills again. But what if the murderer is being protected by some of the highest powers in the land?"-- Provided by publisher.

The search for the homestead treasure

May 16, 2016
Treacy, Ann, author.
©2016
167 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
In rural Minnesota in 1903, missing his friends and life as it was before his brother's accident and his mother's silent grief, fourteen-year-old Martin Gunnarsson is trying to hold his family together on the homestead where his ancestors died of diphtheria in 1865. The only one who had survived was his father, a baby found in the arms of his older sister Cora. But somehow rumors of a treasure on the farm survived, too, and when Martin discovers Aunt Cora's journal in a musty trunk in the hayloft, he thinks it might give him a clue. But what exactly is he looking for?

The last ranch : a novel of the new American West

May 16, 2016
McGarrity, Michael, author.
©2016
525 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm.
"When Matthew Kerney returns to his ranch in the beautiful San Andres Mountains after serving in Sicily during World War II, he must not only fight to recover physically and emotionally from a devastating war injury, but he must also battle attempts by the U.S. Army to seize control of his land for expanded weapons testing. Forced off public grazing lands, banned from gathering his cattle on high mountain pastures, and confronted by military police guarding a high security army post on the northern reaches of the range, Matt finds himself at the center of a heavy-handed government land-grab. The reasons behind this surge of secrecy and control become clear when Matt witnesses the boiling, blinding explosion of the first atom bomb at Trinity Site. As he struggles with an aging, stove-up father no longer able to carry a heavy load at the ranch, an ex-convict intent on killing him, and a failing relationship with a woman he dearly loves, Matt must draw upon all his mental and physical resources to keep his world--and the people in it--from collapsing."-- Provided by publisher.

At the edge of summer : a novel

May 16, 2016
Brockmole, Jessica.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
336 pages ; 25
At the edge of summer is an extraordinary story of a friendship born of proximity but boundless in the face of separation and war. Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside. Yet his maman's newest project is the most surprising: Claire Ross, a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl who inspires Luc in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Claire arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. When she returns years later, World War I is raging. Will Luc and Claire, both altered by the conflict and the many years apart, be able to find each other and recapture what was lost? --Publisher

The singer from Memphis

May 16, 2016
Corby, Gary.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2016]
332 pages ; 22 cm.
An Athenian mystery --Cover
"A historical murder mystery adventure that stretches from Classical Athens to Egypt in the footsteps of the first historian, Herodotus! Nicolaos, the only private investigator in ancient Athens, discovers that helping an author with his book research can be very dangerous. The would-be author Herodotus has hired Nico and his priestess wife, Diotima, to accompany him to Egypt to research that ancient country's history. Unfortunately, Egypt happens to be in the throes of a rebellion against the Persian Empire. Pirates infest the sea route. Three different armies roam the Egyptian countryside. The river is full of crocodiles. Everywhere Nico turns, there's a secret agent ready to kill him, and he can't find a decent cup of wine anywhere. A simple historical investigation turns into a dangerous adventure of international espionage"--Provided by publisher.

Edenland

May 13, 2016
King, Kathleen Wallace, 1959-
©2016
455 pages ; 21 cm
"Born a slave, Bledsoe had never left Our Joy plantation, and a daring escape offers his only chance for liberty. On the run he encounters Alice, an Irish indentured servant committing what appears to be an act of murder as she burns down a shack in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina. Faced with the threat of capture, Bledsoe and Alice become reluctant allies. An epic tale unfolds as their quest for freedom pulls them from swamp to city, from North Carolina to Virginia. Somewhere between injustice and loss, they discover a hidden place that seems like an Eden, where their bond and love are forged. But the Confederate army is on the march and soon tramples their tenuous freedom. Separated, they are cast into fates they never imagined. Through it all, the hope of deliverance drives them onward, and the memory of their Edenland remains, burning bright against the darkness of slavery and the American Civil War."--Page 4 of cover.

The night wanderer

May 13, 2016
Clare, Alys, author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House Publishers Ltd, 2016.
230 pages : genealogical table, map ; 23 cm.
Called out to attend a body found on a lonely stretch of river bank, its throat torn out, apprentice healer Lassair is skeptical of the sheriff's verdict that this was the result of a wild animal attack. But when a second body is discovered, similarly mutilated, rumors engulf the town that the legendary demon known as the Night Wanderer has returned to wreak havoc.

A country road, a tree

May 12, 2016
Baker, Jo, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
289 pages ; 25
"This is a Borzoi book."
"When war breaks out in Europe in 1939, Samuel Beckett was a young, unknown writer who journeys from his home in neutral Ireland to conflict-ridden Paris and is drawn into the maelstrom. With him we experience the hardships yet stubborn vibrancy at the heart of Europe during the Nazis' rise to power; his friendships with James Joyce and other luminaries; his quietly passionate devotion to the Frenchwoman who will become his lifelong companion; his secret work for the French Resistance and narrow escapes from the Gestapo; his flight from occupied Paris to the countryside; and the rubble of his life after liberation. And through it all we are witness to workings of a uniquely brilliant mind struggling to create a language that will express his experience of this shattered world."--Provided by publisher.

Grace : a novel

May 12, 2016
Deón, Natashia, author.
©2016
404 pages ; 24 cm
"For a runaway slave in the 1840s south, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic Massa. That's what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation. Striking out on her own, she must leave behind her beloved Momma and sister Hazel and take refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a freewheeling, gun-toting Jewish madam named Cynthia. There, amidst a revolving door of gamblers, prostitutes, and drunks, Naomi falls into a star-crossed love affair with a smooth-talking white man named Jeremy who frequents the brothel's dice tables too often. The product of Naomi and Jeremy's union is Josey, whose white skin and blonde hair mark her as different from the other slave children on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave named Charles, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches the declining estate and a day of supposed freedom quickly turns into a day of unfathomable violence that will define Josey--and her lost mother--for years to come."--Publisher's website.

The attempt

May 11, 2016
Platzová, Magdaléna, 1972-
New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2016.
223 p. ; 19 cm.
"Originally published in Chez as Anarchista ©2013..."--T.p. verso.
"When a Czech historian becomes convinced he's the illegitimate great-grandson of an infamous anarchist who attempted an assassination while living in the United States, he travels to New York to investigate. Arriving in Manhattan during the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement, his research takes him further back into the past--from the Pittsburgh home of a nineteenth-century US industrialist to 1920s Europe, where a celebrated anarchist couple is on the run from the law."--Cover, p. [4]

Traitor angels

May 10, 2016
Blankman, Anne, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
393 pages ; 22 cm
"One girl must unlock the secrets within Paradise Lost to save her father's life"-- Provided by publisher.

Reliance, Illinois

May 10, 2016
Volmer, Mary, author.
New York City : Soho, [2016]
354 pages ; 22 cm
"Illinois, 1874: With a birthmark covering half her face, thirteen-year-old Madelyn Branch is accustomed to cold and awkward greetings, and expects no less in Reliance, Illinois. After all, her mother, Rebecca, was careful not to mention a daughter in the Matrimonial Times ad which brought them to the struggling river town. When Rebecca weds, Madelyn poses as her mother's younger sister, and earns a grudging berth in her new house. Deeply injured by her mother's deceptions, Madelyn soon leaves to enter the service of Miss Rose Werner, prodigal daughter of the town's founder. Miss Rose is a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control who sees in Madelyn a project and potential acolyte. Madelyn, though, wants to feel beautiful and loved, and she pins her hopes on William Stark, a young photographer, and a haunted Civil War veteran. Volmer's large-hearted, captivating novel takes in not just precocious, romantic Madelyn, but a whole town and way of life. Gossip, murder, love and hate, lace-making and drunken fist fights, sinners, saviors, and even Mark Twain himself grace the pages of Reliance, Illinois, a brilliant and beautiful window into American life during a period of tumultuous change."-- Provided by publisher.

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