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 writers 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.