What are the best historical fiction with literary merit?

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    #1One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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    Teresa Walker
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is complicated, lengthy, and not really worth all of the praise it has gotten. Even though this is a translation and I expected some complications, I found parts of this book to ramble on forever. As much as I love to know every detail from the perspective of each character, often the author spends too much time on one aspect of the story and the progression stagnates. Maybe I’ll try it again one day but I might just use this one as a sleep aide."
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    #2The Fig Orchard

    The Fig Orchard

    The Fig Orchard is a historical fiction novel written by Layla Fiske. This fictional book is first published in 2013 by Rancho Publishing, LLC. 

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    Teresa Fields
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Fig Orchard pulled me into an array of emotions, from family joys and sorrows, to fear about the uncertain future, to the power of love and heroic acts. The story does not dwell on giving into the negative events but draws the characters up and through their struggles as they become empowered by this efforts and not defeated."
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    #3The Quincunx

    The Quincunx
    Set in the early 19th century, this book manages to build a plot within a plot, where family secrets, bribes, illegal activities and mysterious clues cohabit in the protagonists' search of a document. 



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    Olivia Franklin
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book sounds very interesting."
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    #4Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Jennifer Henry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a classic novel that is relatable to many, especially those who grew up in the south. It takes you through a range of emotions via the most well-known southern belle for sure."
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    #5The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist is a mystery book by Caleb Carr that tells the story of Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore as they attempt to solve a crime in 19th century New York. It is the first book of the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler trilogy.

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    Brenda Alvarez
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love a good mystery and I also love story set in this time period so I thought that this would be a really great story for me due to the non-fictional aspect. I thought the non-fiction part would part would be more informational and would bring more perspective from that era. However, I was wrong and while it does lend a lot of interesting truth to the story the informational asides take away from the actual story line. It was hard for me to get into the story because of this."
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    #6Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    Alias Grace is a novel by Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood. It tells the real-life story of Grace Marks, who was convicted murder in 1843 for the deaths of three people. Years later, a psychiatrist helps to prove her innocence.

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    Edward Larson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Margaret Atwood did a stellar job of telling the story of Alias Grace, a 16 year old convicted of murder of three people. There's a reason Netflix turned this story into a 6 part mini series. This book tells the story of one of the most notorious women in the 19th century. Definitely something to pick up and enjoy."
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    #7Possession

    Possession

    Possession is a bestselling historical fiction novel by English author A.S. Byatt. It won the Man Booker Prize in 1990, and it tells the story of the academics as they study the lives of two Victorian poets.

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    Susana Arreola
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "An interesting story of two academics who are researching poets. It really fits the historical fiction with literary meaning line. I found it by turns exciting, funny and romantic."
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    #8Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.

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    Pamela Gardner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A great book which takes you back in time and lets you imagine how this artist and his muse might have been. I could barely put the book down and was sad when it ended."
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    #9Roots

    Roots
    This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 




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    Christopher Foster
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is an American classic, pure and simple. Even if you've seen the multi-part TV series -- and who hasn't? -- you still should read the book. It's gripping and it's sad. How could Americans enslave other humans? What kind of evil is behind that?"
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    #10Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)

    Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)
    Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom is the second novel in the Matthew Shardlake series. This historical mystery, set during the reign of King Henry VIII, narrates the searching of the formula for Greek fire, a weapon of mass destruction.
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    Evelyn Castro
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Dark Fire is a a great novel with thrilling riddles and secrets strewn throughout. I loved solving the mystery alongside the protagonist. History buffs will appreciate the caring details of the book and how the Tudor period adds a immersive and realistic atmosphere."
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    #11Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

    Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

    Kristin Lavransdatter: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) is a Classic European literature fiction novel written by Sigrid Undset and translated by Tiina Nunnally. It was published September 27, 2005 by Penguin Classics.

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    Amit Khan
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "i think it is among the best"
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    #12My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red is a turkish historical fiction novel written by Orhan Pamuk and translated by Erdağ M. Gökna. My Name is Red was published on August 27, 2002 by Vintage.

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    Antonio Balderas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "ive never read this before. the link does make it seem like something i would read though"
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    #13Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Robert Meyer
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "beloved...this book is very romantic story"
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    #14The Queen's Prophet

    The Queen's Prophet

    The Queen's Prophet is a historical fiction novel by Dawn Patitucci, first published in October 2017. It tells the story of Mari Brbola of Spain as she is depicted in Diego Velasquez' painting, Las Meninas.

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    Nathan Price
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is fascinating! The Queen's Prophet is a historical fiction novel on Mari Brbola of Spain - a great and unusual time period. This book exploits its time period to maximum extent. Every note, every nuance feels very authentic, as well as thrilling! This is a real must read for anyone interested in Spanish fiction or history."
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    #15To Love a Dark Lord

    To Love a Dark Lord

    To Love a Dark Lord is a historical romance fiction novel written by Anne Stuart. It is first published in 1994 by Avon Books. 

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    Charvi Patil
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I love a good historical drama, but I also love beautiful romance. This historical fiction novel combine both of my favorite genres into this fantastic book that gets me excited to turn the page. "
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    #16The Signature of All Things

    The Signature of All Things

    The Signature of All Things is a historical fiction novel written by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book was originally published in October 2013 by Riverhead Books. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards for Historical Fiction.

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    Jacob Turner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Signature of All Things is a fantastic book. I think it was the best historical fiction book that I ever read, that also obtained literary merit. "
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    #17The Snow Child

    The Snow Child

    The Snow Child is a bestselling historical fiction novel by Eowyn Ivey, first published in 2011. It tells the story of a girl made of snow who comes to life. It was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This novel is an interesting read, especially if you're interested in the modern history of Alaska. Lots of fun and adventure involved. Great book for any time of the year."
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    #18Kubla Khan: A Pop-Up Version

    Kubla Khan: A Pop-Up Version

    Kubla Khan: A Pop-Up Version of Coleridge's Classic is a literary fiction and poetry pop-up book written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and illustrated by Nick Bantock. It was published November 1, 1994 by Viking Adult.

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    Johnny Bishop
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess was an interesting read. Right from the start, Burgess creates an interesting world of the nadsats with brutality and slang, while simultaneously creating a commentary on the government and the influence society has on youth. It creates a compelling tall of discontent, danger, and manipulation. "

Summary

Best What are the best historical fiction with literary merit
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 42 Paid
2The Fig OrchardBooks 39 Paid
3The QuincunxBooks 36 Paid
4Gone with the Wind Books 33 Paid
5The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)Books 31 Paid
6Alias GraceBooks 28 Paid
7PossessionBooks 27 Paid
8Girl with a Pearl EarringBooks 24 Paid
9RootsBooks 20 Paid
10Dark Fire (Matthew Shardlake)Books 17 Paid
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