Notable: History reimagined in fiction

Published Aug. 25, 2016


History reimagined

Three novels of historical fiction revolve around real people and events in America's past.

All True Not a Lie in It (Ecco) by Alix Hawley is a rich, bold novel set in the 18th and early 19th centuries and told in first person by frontier legend Daniel Boone, in which his personal life is even more remarkable than the myths.

The Hours Count (Riverhead) by Jillian Cantor is a novel about a young woman who befriends Julius and Ethel Rosenberg long before the couple were tried and executed in 1953 for conspiring to commit espionage.

Last Days of Night (Random House) by Graham Moore is a gripping legal thriller set in 1880s New York and based on the real-life conflicts between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla over the invention of the light bulb.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor