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Discovering Historical Fiction

Discovering Historical Fiction

September 8, 2022

“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”  - Winston Churchill

What draws readers to historical fiction? Oftentimes there’s a romantic tint to—and nostalgia for—bygone eras. Many people are curious about the past, wanting to dig in deeper and excavate those little-known details. Older readers may desire to relive parts of their childhood, and younger readers may want to learn more than the basic facts they’ve been taught in the classroom. Or perhaps they want to use history to promote big changes for a better future.

By definition, a work is considered historical fiction if it takes place 50 years prior to current day. Historical fiction, while informative, sometimes carries with it the stigma of being “dry” or “monotonous.” However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Historical fiction authors have accepted the challenge to make history come alive in their works. A good historical fiction novel puts you in the middle of the drama of the time, sucking you in as easily as any story set in modern day.

Within the last decade, there have been numerous authors who have completed rigorous research to detail the lives and times of those in the past, with the World Wars being particularly powerful. While classics such as Number the Stars by Lois Lowry will always have a place on our historical fiction shelf, there are many more modern titles which have timeless qualities that make them an excellent candidate to add to your to-be-read list!

Discover your next historical fiction read: Historical Fiction Suggestions

Kayla V.
Platte City Branch

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