Historical Fiction: May 2023, Pt. 2 | Prepub Alert

From Greek mythology to World War II. 

Bell, Celia. The Disenchantment. Pantheon. May 2023. 368p. ISBN 9780593317174. $28. Downloadable. HISTORICAL FICTION

Henry, Patti Callahan. The Secret Book of Flora Lea. Atria. May 2023. 368p. ISBN 9781668011836. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9781668023136. $17.99. HISTORICAL FICTION

Jackson, Buzzy. To Die Beautiful. Dutton. May 2023. 448p. ISBN 9780593187210. $27. HISTORICAL FICTION

Morton, Kate. Homecoming. Mariner: HarperCollins. Apr. 2023. 560p. ISBN 9780063020894. $29.99. HISTORICAL

Noble, Shelley. The Tiffany Girls. Morrow Paperbacks. May 2023. 432p. ISBN 9780063252448. $17.99. HISTORICAL FICTION

Paul, Crystal Smith. Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? Holt. May 2023. 416p. ISBN 9781250815309. $27.99. Downloadable. HISTORICAL FICTION

Saint, Jennifer. Atalanta. Flatiron: Macmillan. May 2023. 288p. ISBN 9781250855572. $28.99. Downloadable. HISTORICAL FICTION

Shaara, Jeff. The Old Lion: A Novel of Theodore Roosevelt. St. Martin’s. May 2023. 448p. ISBN 9781250279941. $30. CD. HISTORICAL FICTION

Turnbull, Bryn. The Paris Deception. Mira: Harlequin. May 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780778307662. $28.99; pap. ISBN 9780778333418. $17.99. HISTORICAL FICTION

Weir, Alison. The King’s Pleasure: A Novel of Henry VIII. Ballantine. May 2023. 512p. ISBN 9780593355060. $30. HISTORICAL FICTION

In award-winning debuter Bell’s The Disenchantment, unhappily married Baroness Marie Catherine and self-confident Mademoiselle de Conti become lovers in a 17th-century Paris beset by scheming nobility and servants immured in witchcraft (35,000-copy first printing). In The Secret Book of Flora Lea, from New York Times best-selling, Christy Award–winning Henry, Hazel unwraps a package at the rare bookstore where she works to discover a book telling the story she made up for her little sister, who vanished after they were evacuated from World War II London two decades previously. Jackson follows up award-winning nonfiction with To Die Beautiful, based on the life of World War II Dutch Resistance fighter Hannie Schaft, who also figures in Noelle Salazar’s recent Angels of the Resistance (50,000-copy first printing). In Morton's latest, Jess has an uncomfortable Homecoming when she returns from London to Australia after the grandmother who raised her is hospitalized; she learns that her family is linked to a horrific unsolved 1959 crime (250,000-copy first printing). New York Times best-selling author Noble tells the story of The Tiffany Girls, who did much of the design and construction of Tiffany’s glorious glassworks without credit (75,000-copy first printing). Paul’s Did You Hear About Kitty Karr? features Elise St. John, a young Black woman who is startled that she and her sisters have inherited the multimillion-dollar estate of star Kitty Karr Tate; then she learns that Kitty was actually her grandmother, passing for white (100,000-copy first printing). After the celebrated Ariadne and Elektra, Saint brings us Atalanta, the story of a masterly huntress who was the only woman to sail with the Argonauts (125,000-copy first printing). A four-time winner of the American Library Association's William Boyd Young Award (for excellence in military fiction), New York Times best-selling author Shaara limns the life of Theodore Roosevelt in The Old Lion (100,000-copy first printing). Working at the Jeu de Paume during World War II after having fled Germany, Sophie executes a Paris Deception in Turnbull’s latest; she rescues modernist paintings looted from Jewish families and set for destruction by smuggling them out of the museum and replacing them with forgeries created by her sister-in-law (75,000-copy paperback and 10,000-copy hardcover first printing). Famed novelist/historian Weir follows up her “Six Tudor Queens” series by reimagining Henry VIII in The King’s Pleasure.



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Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; winner of ALA's Louis Shores Award for reviewing; and past president, awards chair, and treasurer of the National Book Critics Circle, which awarded her its inaugural Service Award in 2023.

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