By Elizabeth Cromwell
Sure you can read your partner’s mind? That confidence may be quite misleading and could even cause an international incident.
Historical fiction is flourishing, and its advantages are many. For readers, it combines the familiar with the unknown, as novelists imagine the motivations and thoughts of historical figures. For writers, it provides grounding. Certain characters are already known and even defined. Better yet, the real world produces the most improbable characters. What fiction writer would dare create a character so complex and powerful as Abraham Lincoln? Yet historical fiction comes in many flavors. Here, for starters, are eight:
Seemingly unfairly judged for the way he died, this biography of George Armstrong Custer argues he was a legend with a long and valiant military career.
A biography of Baltimore Oriole third baseman Brooks Robinson doesn’t offer enough new information.
When a widely-respected surgeon is murdered, the real mystery is: why was he married to three women at the same time?