HISTORICAL FICTION ABOUT REAL WOMEN

The names are familiar. The stories are brand new.
One purpose of this micro-genre is to give form and detail to the “lost history of women”. This is the stuff not recorded in history books and not taught in school. Many authors have tried to reconcile this lost history by filling in the gaps: taking what is known about one woman and the era she lived in, and creating an account that brings light to that specific time and place. These novels are steeped in well-researched historically accurate facts, but are also intimate and personal—showing what it may have been like to walk in these women’s shoes.
    • Circling the Sun

    • A Novel
    • By: Paula McLain
    • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072

    Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe, who share his estate....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Pro: It made me want to read "West With the Night"

    • By Ilana on 08-01-15

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Saint Mazie

    • A Novel
    • By: Jami Attenberg
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 83

    Meet Mazie Phillips: big hearted and bawdy, she's the truth-telling proprietress of The Venice, the famed New York City movie theater....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Rough Gritty Story Of A Hard Life

    • By Sara on 06-20-15

    Regular price: $28.50

    • Sisi

    • Empress on Her Own: A Novel
    • By: Allison Pataki
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
    • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 300
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth - fondly known as Sisi - captures the hearts of her people as their "fairy queen", but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far more complex figure....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved it!

    • By Robin Johnson on 08-02-17

    Regular price: $35.00

    • America's First Daughter

    • A Novel
    • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,376
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,979
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,963

    Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic!

    • By SDR on 05-25-16

    Regular price: $49.05

    • The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    • By: Margaret George
    • Narrated by: Donada Peters
    • Length: 49 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 516
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 356

    This novel allows the unscrupulous and proud Queen of the Nile to recount her own tale....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I felt like I was there

    • By Michael A. Vasquez on 03-05-07

    Regular price: $63.93

    • The Vatican Princess

    • A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 731
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729

    Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias fascinated and terrorized 15th-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story

    • By Patricia on 05-11-16

    Regular price: $35.00

    • Nefertiti

    • By: Michelle Moran
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 755
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 521
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 522

    Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very Interesting

    • By Dominic on 01-30-08

    Regular price: $43.93

    • The Marriage of Opposites

    • By: Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476

    Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magical!

    • By TV on 09-27-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Hild

    • A Novel
    • By: Nicola Griffith
    • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
    • Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 298
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 274
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 277

    A brilliant, lush, sweeping historical novel about the rise of the most powerful woman of the Middle Ages: Hild. In seventh-century Britain, small kingdoms are merging, frequently and violently....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'd give it 10 stars if I could

    • By David on 03-27-14

    Regular price: $39.68

    • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • By: Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
    • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235

    What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Attraction to the disillusioning 20's comes alive!

    • By LP on 04-01-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Vanessa and Her Sister

    • A Novel
    • By: Priya Parmar
    • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Clare Corbett, Julian Rhind-Tutt, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 162

    London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vanessa and her Sister

    • By M. J. Dana on 01-20-15

    Regular price: $28.00

    • The Aviator's Wife

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,435
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,254
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,273

    For much of her life, Anne Morrow, the shy daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has stood in the shadows of those around her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Megalomaniac's Wife

    • By Audrey on 01-19-13

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Queen’s Vow

    • A Novel of Isabella of Castile
    • By: C. W. Gortner
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    "No one believed I was destined for greatness.” So begins Isabella’s story, in this evocative, vividly imagined novel about one of history’s most famous and controversial queens....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent historical fiction!

    • By nursebettyknitting on 07-30-12

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The 19th Wife

    • A Novel
    • By: David Ebershoff
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey
    • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 769
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 490
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 489

    It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good history, a little confusing

    • By Kimberly on 01-08-10

    Regular price: $39.93

    • Blonde

    • By: Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated by: Jayne Atkinson
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 116

    She was an all-American girl who became a legend of unparalleled stature....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Why not "unabridged"

    • By Tia on 06-10-15

    Regular price: $21.67

    • Buffalo Girls

    • By: Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated by: Betty Buckley
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    Larry McMurtry turns the story of a band of hardy, irrepressible survivors into an unforgettable portrait of love, fellowship, dreams, and heartbreak....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Come sit by the fire and listen to a story...

    • By Cookie on 11-17-11

    Regular price: $22.60

    • Etta

    • A Novel
    • By: Gerald Kolpan
    • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    When Lorinda Jameson's bankrupt father commits suicide and the Black Hand mafia is dispatched to collect his debts, she rechristens herself "Etta Place" and goes West....

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Thousand Pieces of Gold

    • By: Ruthanne Lum McCunn
    • Narrated by: Emily Zeller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 257
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 228

    Lalu Nathoy's father called his thirteen-year-old daughter his treasure, his "thousand pieces of gold," yet when famine strikes northern China in 1871, he is forced to sell her....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Women's Studies Classic

    • By Susie on 04-28-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lilac Girls

    • A Novel
    • By: Martha Hall Kelly
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
    • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,691
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,507
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,473

    Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unknown History

    • By Kristi on 06-15-17

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Widows of Malabar Hill

    • By: Sujata Massey
    • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 466
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 426
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 425

    Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding Historical Mystery

    • By Kindle Customer on 02-07-18

    Regular price: $31.49

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