Historical Fiction | Prepub Alert, January 2025 Titles

Fictional accounts about Barbie, a tennis pro spy, and Semiramis, the only queen of Assyria.


Casati, Costanza. Babylonia. Sourcebooks Landmark. Jan. 2025. ISBN 9781464228216. 448p. $27.99. HISTORICAL FICTION

The author of the Indie Next and LibraryReads pick Clytemnestra returns with another retelling set in the world of ancient Assyria. Following the love triangle/power struggle story of Semiramis, Casati explores how a woman without power rose to become the only the queen ever to rule her nation. Expect painted edges and more in a specially designed package.

Davis, Fiona. The Stolen Queen. Dutton. Jan. 2025. ISBN 9780593474273. 352p. $29. HISTORICAL FICTION

Davis, bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, a GMA book club pick, sets her newest in NYC and Egypt. In 1936, Charlotte worked on a dig in the Valley of the Kings. In 1978, she is an associate curator at the Met. Also at the Met is 18-year-old Annie, working with Diana Vreeland on the famous Costume Institute gala. When an artifact goes missing from the museum, Charlotte and Annie join forces to find it.

Rosen, Renée. Let’s Call Her Barbie. Berkley. Jan. 2025. ISBN 9780593335680. pbk. 432p. $19. HISTORICAL FICTION

Bestseller Rosen (Fifth Avenue Glamour Girl) turns her attention to the “it” girl of the last several seasons, an 11.5-inch-high doll named Barbie. Featuring an ensemble cast led by Ruth Handler, the novel explores the creation of the doll and the fates of those who made her.

Thomas, Julia Bryan. The Kennedy Girl. Sourcebooks Landmark. Jan. 2025. ISBN 9781464236938. 432p. $32.99. HISTORICAL FICTION

The author of The Radcliffe Ladies’ Reading Club sets her newest in 1960s New York and Paris at the buzzy heart of fashion culture. When Mia is mysteriously offered a job in Paris as a model for the House of Rousseau, she becomes enmeshed in an espionage plot that pulls her into a world of politics and danger.

Walsh, Jenni L. Ace, Marvel, Spy: A Novel of Alice Marble. Harper Muse. Jan. 2025. ISBN 9781400246748. pbk. 400p. $18.99. HISTORICAL FICTION

Bestseller Walsh (Becoming Bonnie) turns the adventures of the real-life figure Alice Marble into an historical novel. Marble is both a tennis champion and an editor of Wonder Woman comics. When her husband is killed in Germany during WWII, she agrees to become a spy, using tennis as the vehicle for her spycraft.

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