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New Historical Fiction From Your Favorite Authors

Hi historical fiction fans!

Get your TBR lists ready because this week we’re talking notable new releases and 2023 titles from some of your favorite historical fiction authors.

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New Releases

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Independence by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (January 17, 2023)

Set during the lead up to Partition, three sisters finds the paths of their lives diverging even as they struggle to stay together when the middle sister falls in love with a Muslim man just as India is declared for Hindus and Pakistan for Muslims.

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The Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict (January 17, 2023)

When two of the six Mitford sisters leave their privileged English life to marry Nazis, only Nancy Mitford stays in contact with them. So when the two become spies for the Nazi party, it falls to Nancy act. But will she be able to place her country — and doing what is right — above her own family?

For a more comprehensive list, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

What’s better than a beloved author coming out with a new book? Two beloved authors coming out with new books, of course. If you love historical fiction you probably already know of Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Colson Whitehead, so let’s talk the new books they have coming out this year.

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Silver Nitrate by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An unfinished film imbued with Nazi occultism might seem far fetched, but when a sound editor in 90s Mexico City and her actor best friend agree to help an old director finish the film he claims cursed him, strange things begin to happen. Montserrat feels a dark presence stalking her and Tristán becomes haunted by the ghost of his ex-girlfriend. Will finishing the film end the curse of has the horror only just begun?

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Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead

In this sequel to Harlem Shuffle, former fence Ray Carney is just trying to keep his head down and his furniture store up and running — until his daughter asks for Jackson 5 tickets and suddenly he’s back in the game. Like Harlem Shuffle, Crook Manifesto is a portrait of family, friendship, and a city under siege.

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Right now I’m reading The White Mosque by Sofia Samatar. What about you?