Historical Fiction Set in the Revolutionary War Period

Cornwell, Bernard.  The Fort: a Novel of the Revolutionary War. Harper, c2010. After the British establish a fort on the Penobscot River, the Massachusetts patriots--among them General Peleg Wadsworth and Colonel Paul Revere--mount an expedition to oust the redcoats.

 

Fast, Howard.  Citizen Tom Paine. Sloan & Pearce [1943]. A vivid picture of Paine's mode of writing, idiosyncrasies, and character-generous, nobly unselfish, moody, often dirty, frequently drunken, a revolutionist by avocation. 

 

Fast, Howard. April Morning. Bantam Books, 1962, c1961. When you read this novel about April 19, 1775, you will see the British redcoats marching in a solid column through Lexington.  You will shoot, and shoot again and again while your shoulder aches from your musket's kick and the tight, disciplined red column bleeds and wavers and breaks—you're a veteran of the Battle of Lexington, and you've helped whip the King's best soldiers...

 

Fast, Howard. Seven Days in June: A Novel of the American Revolution. Carol Pub., c1994. The protagonist is Evan Feversham, an English surgeon married to an American woman, who volunteers to help the revolutionaries. Through his eyes are portrayed the leaders of the revolution.

 

Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain. Houghton Mifflin, [c1971].  Johnny Tremain, "winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War.  

 

Grimes, Roberta. My Thomas:  A Novel of Martha Jefferson's Life.  Doubleday, 1993.    Grimes reconstructs the lifelong romance and rich intellectual relationship enjoyed by the Jeffersons during the 10-year marriage that ended with Martha's untimely death.  The revolutionary war era serves as backdrop for an exciting depiction of American history and its historic figures.

 

Hambly, Barbara. Patriot Hearts:  A Novel of the Founding Mothers. Bantam Books, 2007.  A novel that traces the marriages tested by the demands of love and loyalty, Patriot Hearts offers readers a dazzling glimpse behind the scenes of the American Revolution, from adversity and treachery to teatime strategies, as four women help shape a nation’s future. 

 

Harr, John Ensor. Dark Eagle:  A Novel of Benedict Arnold and the American Revolution.  Viking, 1999.  Meticulously researched, Dark Eagle illuminates both sides of the Revolutionary War.  Harr traces Arnold's spectacular rise, culminating in his victory at Saratoga and his marriage to Peggy Shippen, the beautiful loyalist daughter of a prominent Philadelphia family, and Arnold's decline, culminating in his plan with Major John Andre and Peggy to betray Washington and deliver West Point to the British.

 

Hill, Lawrence. Someone Knows My Name.  W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.  Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public.

 

 

Martin, William. Citizen Washington.  Warner Books, 1999.  In this novel, George Washington emerges as an ambitious, land-hungry young man, full of imperfections and personal struggles, who nonetheless transcends his limitations and becomes a great leader. 

 

Roberts, Kenneth Lewis, 1885-1957. Arundel.  (c1929) Down East Books, 1995. This is the classic series from Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novelist Kenneth Roberts, all featuring characters from the town of Arundel, Maine. Arundel follows Steven Nason as he joins Benedict Arnold in his march to Quebec during the American Revolution. Rabble in Arms (c1933)continues with the exploits of Benedict Arnold, and includes many of the characters from the first book. 

 

Shaara, Jeff.  Rise to Rebellion. Ballantine Books, 2001.  More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the American Revolution, Rise to Rebellion is a vivid account of history's most pivotal events. The Boston Tea Party and the battles of Concord and Bunker Hill are recreated with the kind of breathtaking detail only a master like Jeff Shaara can muster. 

 

Shaara, Jeff.  The Glorious Cause:  A Novel of the American Revolution.  Ballantine Books, 2002.  Jeff Shaara continues the saga he began in Rise to Rebellion.  The despair and triumph of America’s first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis, the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington’s army; the Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier’s passion to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day.

 

Smolens, John. The Schoolmaster’s Daughter: a Novel of the American Revolution. Pegasus Books, 2011. The story of a family torn asunder--and of a determined young woman who must make courageous decisions if she is to aid in liberating her country. 

 

Wrinkle, Margaret. Wash. Atlantic Monthly Press, c2013. When the pressures of early 1800s westward expansion and debt threaten to destroy everything he's built, a troubled Revolutionary War veteran embarks on an audacious plan involving setting one of his male slaves as his breeding sire.