New Books Network

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
Kate Quinn, “The Huntress” (William Morrow, 2019)
When we think of World War II, we envision a catastrophe of massive proportions: millions killed in concentration camps, on the battlefield, during bombing raids and in the nuclear explosions that ended the war. But World War II can also be seen as a vast collection of small catastrophes—a dozen... Read More
Pam Jenoff, “The Lost Girls of Paris” (Park Row Books, 2019)
Although World War II has long been a favorite subject in both literature and history, a new interest seems to have developed in the multiple roles played by women during the war. In The Lost Girls of Paris (Park Row Books, 2019), Pam Jenoff examines from three different fictional perspectives a little-known,... Read More
Yang-Sze Choo, “The Night Tiger” (Flatiron Books, 2019)
The Night Tiger (Flatiron Books, 2019) is much more than just a fantasy novel—it’s also a mystery, a historical novel, and a love story. Yang-Sze Choo accomplishes all this in one deft package. Set in Malaysia in the 1930s, in the state of Perak, The Night Tiger closely follows three... Read More