50+ Historical Fiction Books That Will Take You Around the World

These reads are transporting.

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Historical Fiction Set in Africa

Buy Half of a Yellow Sun at Amazon

Half of a Yellow Sun

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Buy The Lion Seeker at Amazon

The Lion Seeker

By Kenneth Bonert

Buy Segu at Amazon


By Maryse Condé

Buy Homegoing at Amazon


By Yaa Gyasi

Buy The Cairo Trilogy at Amazon

The Cairo Trilogy

By Naguib Mahfouz

Buy Ways of Dying at Amazon

Ways of Dying

By Zakes Mda

Historical Fiction Set on the Asian Continent

Buy The Good Earth at Amazon

The Good Earth

By Pearl S. Buck

Buy Miss Burma at Amazon

Miss Burma

By Charmaine Craig

Buy And the Mountains Echoed at Amazon

And the Mountains Echoed

By Khaled Hosseini

Buy Pachinko at Amazon


By Min Jin Lee

Buy Pearl of China at Amazon

Pearl of China

By Anchee Min

Buy The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet at Amazon

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

By David Mitchell

Buy The Fool at Amazon

The Fool

By Raffi

Buy Café Nevo at Amazon

Café Nevo

By Barbara Rogan

Buy Ali and Nino at Amazon

Ali and Nino

By Kurban Said

Buy Ruler of the Sky at Amazon

Ruler of the Sky

By Pamela Sargent

Buy Buddha's Orphans at Amazon

Buddha's Orphans

By Samrat Upadhyay

Buy The Nine Fold Heaven at Amazon

The Nine Fold Heaven

By Mingmei Yip

Historical Fiction Set in Australia

Buy The Sundowners at Amazon

The Sundowners

By Jon Cleary

Buy Brother Fish at Amazon

Brother Fish

By Bryce Courtenay

Buy Outback at Amazon


By Aaron Fletcher

Buy Jewel Sea at Amazon

Jewel Sea

By Kim Kelly

Historical Fiction Set in Europe

Buy Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree at Amazon

Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree

By Tariq Ali

Buy Rebel Princess at Amazon

Rebel Princess

By Evelyn Anthony

Buy A Pillar of Iron at Amazon

A Pillar of Iron

By Taylor Caldwell

Buy The Queen of the Night at Amazon

The Queen of the Night

By Alexander Chee

Buy Margaret the First at Amazon

Margaret the First

By Danielle Dutton

Buy My Brilliant Friend at Amazon

My Brilliant Friend

By Elena Ferrante

Buy The Angel Makers at Amazon

The Angel Makers

By Jessica Gregson

Buy The Fall of the King at Amazon

The Fall of the King

By Johannes V. Jensen

Buy The Succesor at Amazon

The Succesor

By Ismail Kadare

Buy Buddenbrooks at Amazon


By Thomas Mann

Buy Famine at Amazon


By Liam O'Flaherty

Buy Sophie's Choice at Amazon

Sophie's Choice

By William Styron

Historical Fiction Set in North America

Buy A Rendezvous in Haiti at Amazon

A Rendezvous in Haiti

By Stephen Becker

Buy Creek Mary's Blood at Amazon

Creek Mary's Blood

By Dee Brown

Buy Confederates at Amazon


By Thomas Keneally

Buy Lincoln in the Bardo at Amazon

Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders

Buy As Tears Go By: Inspired by True Events at Amazon

As Tears Go By: Inspired by True Events

By Rosie Christie

Buy Monkey Hunting at Amazon

Monkey Hunting

By Cristina García

Buy Rilla of Ingleside at Amazon

Rilla of Ingleside

By L.M. Montgomery

Buy The Trade at Amazon

The Trade

By Fred Stenson

Historical Fiction Set in South America

Buy The House of the Spirits at Amazon

The House of the Spirits

By Isabel Allende

Buy The Discovery of America by the Turks at Amazon

The Discovery of America by the Turks

By Jorge Amado

Buy Distant Star at Amazon

Distant Star

By Roberto Bolaño

Buy Spilt Milk at Amazon

Spilt Milk

By Chico Buarque

Buy The Villagers (Huasipungo) at Amazon

The Villagers (Huasipungo)

By Jorge Icaza

Buy The Feast of the Goat at Amazon

The Feast of the Goat

By Mario Vargas Llosa

Buy The General in His Labyrinth at Amazon

The General in His Labyrinth

By Gabriel García Márquez

Buy The City of Palaces at Amazon

The City of Palaces

By Michael Nava

Buy The Seamstress at Amazon

The Seamstress

By Frances de Pontes Peebles