New Books Network

Ann Weisgarber, “The Glovemaker” (Skyhorse Publishing, 2019)
When a strange man knocks on Deborah Tyler’s door one January evening in 1888, she faces a difficult decision. She can guess that her visitor is a criminal, because who else would travel to her isolated Utah community in the dead of winter? And her husband, who normally handles such... Read More
Elsa Hart, “City of Ink” (Minotaur Books, 2018)
If there is one thing more fun than discovering a new (to oneself) author, it is discovering a new author with a series already well underway. In City of Ink (Minotaur Books, 2018), the third of Elsa Hart’s mystery novels set in early eighteenth-century China during the reign of the... Read More
Madeline Miller, “Circe” (Little, Brown and Company, 2018)
Circe is an immortal naiad, the daughter of the Sun God, Helios. Ignored or belittled by her divine kin because of her human-sounding voice, dull-colored hair, and quiet manner, she turns to her little brother for company, and then eventually, meets a human man who seems to offer her adoration.... Read More
Liza Perrat, “The Swooping Magpie” (Triskele Books, 2019)
Lindsay Townsend is doing well at her high school in Wollongong, Australia. She’s pretty and popular and smart enough that she can spend as much time at the beach as she does hunched over her books. Only she knows that the confident self she projects to her friends and fellow... Read More
Rosellen Brown, “The Lake on Fire” (Sarabande Books, 2018)
Against the backdrop of a gritty 1890’s Chicago teeming with labor problems, filthy sweatshops, and putrid stockyards, two young immigrants struggle to survive. Chaya and her brilliant younger brother Asher escape the tedium of the Wisconsin farm to which their parents had emigrated from Eastern Europe. Guided by a kind,... Read More
C.P. Lesley, “Song of the Siren” (Five Directions Press, 2019)
Since being sold into slavery as a child and working her way up to becoming concubine and mistress for several different men, Lady Juliana’s survival has depended on her allure. Then her place in the world is shattered by a debilitating illness and she is spurned by the entire Polish... Read More
Joan Neuberger, “This Thing of Darkness: Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible in Stalin’s Russia” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Most of the time, this podcast focuses on the products of those who create historical fiction—specifically, novels. But what goes into producing a work of historical fiction—especially in a dictatorship where the wrong choice, or even the right choice at the wrong moment, can send the unwitting author to the... Read More