Inspired by Actual Events
 
Everyone brave is forgiven
by Chris Cleave

Shocking her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort in 1939 London, socialite Mary teaches evacuated and marginalized children and bonds with her employer, Tom, before their romance is challenged by a painful love triangle and the grueling realities of the war. By the author of Little Bee.
Don't tell me you're afraid
by Giuseppe Catozzella

A U.S. release of a best-selling tale from Italy, based on a remarkable true story, follows the experiences of a heroic Somali girl who trains to become a world-class runner in her war-stricken country and risks her life on a migrant journey to Europe so that she can compete in the Olympic Games.
Freud's mistress : a novel
by Karen Mack

A tale inspired by the true-life affair between the eminent Austrian psychoanalyst and his sister-in-law depicts the struggles of Minna Bernays, whose education and sharp mind rendered her a poor candidate for conventional women's roles but prompt her fascination with her shunned brother-in-law's pioneering theories on human sexuality. By the award-winning authors of Literacy and Longing in L.A
Falling to Earth
by Kate Southwood

A tale inspired by the historic Tri-State tornado of 1925 follows the experiences of businessman Paul Graves and his family, who throughout a year after the storm watch their community struggle to rebuild and who miscalculate growing resentment about the twist of fate that left their home and business untouched.
Z : a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
by Therese Fowler

A tale inspired by the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald follows their union in defiance of her father's opposition and her abandonment of the provincial finery of her upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity that gains her entry into the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera. 
Twain's end
by Lynn Cullen

A tale inspired by Mark Twain's controversial public denouncement of his private secretary reimagines the tangled relationships between the iconic writer and his intimate colleagues to illuminate events in Twain's childhood that challenged his ability to love. By the author of the national best-seller Mrs. Poe.
Frog music
by Emma Donoghue

Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amidst a record-breaking heat wave and smallpox epidemic. 
The revenant : a novel of revenge
by Michael Punke

A story of survival on the American frontier chronicles the exploits of fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is attacked by a grizzly bear and left for dead by his fellow trappers, but survives and treks through the wilderness to seek justice. 
The dovekeepers : a novel
by Alice Hoffman

A tale inspired by the tragic first-century massacre of hundreds of Jewish people on the Masada mountain presents the stories of a hated daughter, a baker's wife, a girl disguised as a warrior and a medicine woman who keep doves and secrets while Roman soldiers draw near. By the author of the Oprah Book Club selection, Here on Earth. 
I shall be near to you : a novel
by Erin Lindsay McCabe

A tale inspired by true accounts and a real female soldier's letters home follows the extraordinary experiences of a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight next to her husband in the American Civil War, an effort that tests the bonds of their relationship and their respective gender perceptions.
Elizabeth Street : a novel based on true events
by Laurie Fabiano

Giovanna Costa, reeling from personal tragedies, tries to make a new life for herself at the turn of the twentieth century in New York City's Little Italy
Shame and the captives : a novel
by Thomas Keneally

A tale inspired by true events follows the experiences of a World War II prisoner's wife who befriends an Italian anarchist in the hopes of alleviating her husband's suffering, only to be swept up in a violent prison break. By the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's List.
The ballad of Tom Dooley : a ballad novel
by Sharyn McCrumb

A story inspired by a true crime made famous by the Kingston Trio's folk song recording reimagines the events surrounding the murder of North Carolina mountain girl Laura Foster and the hanging of her lover, Tom Dula.

Eight girls taking pictures : a novel
by Whitney Otto

A sweeping tale inspired by the lives of famous 20th-century female photographers traces the progression of feminism and photography in various world regions as each woman explores private and public goals while balancing the demands of family and creativity. 


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