28 Heartbreaking Historical Fiction Books, According to Our Readers

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These heartbreaking historical fiction books draw on history to tell tragic and inspiring stories, from the darkest scenes of World War II to a creatively reimagined graveyard in Civil War Washington D.C. to the slave-era South. Curated with the help of our fellow historical fiction bookworms, this list of moving books includes award winners and bestsellers. Be warned: There’s a good chance you’ll cry. Publishers’ descriptions included.