Best American Historical Fiction

Best historical fiction novels set in the United States from pre-colonial times to recent times.
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247 books · 305 voters · list created October 28th, 2010 by deleted user.
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Don't believe The Grapes of Wrath is historical fiction.


message 2: by Melodie (new)

Melodie Ramone I just wanted to make a quick note to say that the book I wrote, After Forever Ends, isn't American Historical Fiction, as it takes place in Wales. I absolutely appreciate all the votes and I love everybody who thought highly enough of AFE to vote for it, but I don't want anybody to be misled who hasn't read it. And that being said...happy reading! Xx


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Y'all want me to remove that one?


message 4: by Melodie (last edited Jun 22, 2013 11:35AM) (new)

Melodie Ramone Sure, if you are able. Like I said, I appreciate it being voted for, but it doesn't belong here. I' don't want anybody to pick up the book and be disappointed. And it's really not fair to the authors in the genre :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads No problem. It should be gone now.


message 6: by Melodie (new)

Melodie Ramone Thank you!


message 7: by Mary (new)

Mary I am officially shunning American Girl because the company funds abortion!


message 8: by J. (new)

J. Trott A lot of these books are older books that were written as basically contemporary such as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Bluest Eye". Even though they are good I can't vote for them. I found this list looking for historical fiction.


message 9: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady J. wrote: "A lot of these books are older books that were written as basically contemporary such as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Bluest Eye". ..."

I'd been wondering about those two myself as well.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I wouldn't call them historical fiction, either. (They were contemporary with when they were written.)

Should I remove them?


message 11: by Booklovinglady (last edited Aug 17, 2018 07:50AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Booklovinglady wrote: "J. wrote: "A lot of these books are older books that were written as basically contemporary such as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Bluest Eye". ..."

I'd been wondering about those two myself as well."


Seems more and more titles are creeping in that personally I do not consider historical fiction, as they were written during the time their story is set in (or shortly afterwards)...


message 12: by Dara S. (new)

Dara S. I would not call Where the Crawdads Sing historical fiction. It is a wonderful book and takes place in the past, but not historical fiction.


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