As an American reader, I often find it difficult to find new HF offerings from Canada; they're hard to track down through online bookstore listings. I discovered a few of these through the authors' social media posts, and others through newspaper reviews, browsing publishers' catalogs, or because of my work with the Historical Novels Review. I welcome suggestions for other books in the comments.
The life story of Camille Claudel, sculptor and mistress of Rodin, intertwines with that of the nurse who cares for her in France's Montdevergues Asylum in 1943. Cormorant, May 2015.
This literary cowboy novel tells the adventures of John Ware (1845–1905), a former slave from South Carolina who established a successful ranch in southern Alberta. TouchWood Editions, May 2015.
"But then she buys a rifle, and everything changes." The tale of the intrepid Abigail Peacock and her adventures (and those of other Western notables) in the late 19th-century Canadian and American West. I'll be reading it shortly. Brindle & Glass, June 2015.
A literary novel of freedom and re-invention, centering on a young Finnish woman who takes a road trip across the Canadian prairie in the '30s with a stranger she meets at a dance. McClelland & Stewart, Feb 2015.
An epic love story between a soldier from Nova Scotia and a young Frenchwoman during WWI, set in the French countryside and in Halifax. Simon & Schuster Canada, April 2015.
A young piano prodigy's coming of age, and the redemptive power of music, set in Depression-era Montreal. Cormorant, May 2015.
A literary tall tale exploring the full-bodied life of Daniel Boone, set during the American Revolution. Love the title. Knopf Canada, Feb 2015.
A British war widow and a Nova Scotian schoolteacher unexpectedly join forces in post-WWI Alberta to help combat the spread of VD in the province. The author is the wife of Canada's Governor General. Dundurn, April 2014.
This sequel to the bestselling The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi is a story of faith and forbidden love set in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire. Aged 89 when her latest was published, Park is currently writing volume three. House of Anansi, October 2014.
For her latest work of literary fiction, Powning (The Sea Captain's Wife, reviewed here in 2011) turns to the story of English-born Mary Dyer, who traveled to America in the 1630s and found the Puritan church of the Massachusetts Bay Colony horrifically intolerant. Knopf Canada, April 2015.
The "farmerettes" are six young woman, recent high school grads, who form bonds, find love, and face heartbreak as they work together on a family farm, taking the place of men off fighting overseas during the summer of 1943. A YA novel. Second Story, April 2015.
Somehow I missed that Jack Whyte had a new book out. This newest in his Scottish series is subtitled "a tale of Andrew Murray," a military leader who became a Guardian of Scotland. Viking Canada, November 2014.