Historical Fiction Titles for Pride
Celebrate Pride Month by checking out this selection of historical fiction centered on queer characters from ages past, from the French Revolution to the American Gold Rush, and get lost in immersive stories of love, family, friendship, struggle, and triumph.
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An expansion and continuation of the love story from E.M. Forster’s Maurice (penned in 1914 but not published until 1971, after the author’s death). Gamekeeper Alec and upper-class stockbroker Maurice have decided to make a peaceful life together in the country, but the advent of World War I threatens to tear them apart. This title is also available for checkout as eAudio on Hoopla.
Sylvie is the biracial daughter of a wealthy plantation owner and an enslaved woman, living a comfortable but limited life in Saint-Dominque when the Haitian Revolution begins. Unsure of her safety, Sylvie flees to Paris. There she quickly becomes embroiled in the first sparks of the French Revolution, personally involved with Robespierre, but also drawn to his lover, the painter Cornelie Duplay.
The Whale: A Love Story
In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville is reeling from his lack of literary success and retreats to the Berkshires. There, he meets fellow author Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic, and the two form an instant and intense connection that alters the course of both of their lives. This title is also available for checkout as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby and eAudio on Hoopla.
How Much of These Hills Is Gold
A sweeping family saga in a reimagined of the mythic American West, following two recently orphan Chinese immigrant siblings as they try to remember and honor their parents while surviving in a wild and unforgiving land that doesn’t want to accept them. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.