New in Historical Fiction Print

Jacket covers of Two new historical fiction novels worth noting are both told at least partially from the point-of-view of the wife of a famous person.  The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin reveals the private dreams and disappointments of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, an accomplished aviator herself and wife to one of history's most famous aviators.  In a similar vein, Above All Things by Tanis Rideout interweaves the story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest and a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.

What makes good historical fiction?  One thing to look for is evidence that the historical underpinnings of the novel are based on research, not just personal experience.  Watch for authors notes detailing their research or maybe even suggesting nonfiction resources from which to learn more.