Melodie Winawer is the author of The Scribe of Siena and Anticipation. A physician-scientist and associate professor of neurology at Columbia University, Melodie lives with her spouse and their three children in both Brooklyn, New York and Ludlow, Vermont.
My new book, Anticipation, is a dual timeline story set in the ruined city of Mystras, Greece. It tells the story of Helen, a recently widowed single mother and overworked scientist who, desperate for a vacation, travels with her son Alexander to Greece. There they are unexpectedly drawn to visit the ancient city of Mystras, where they cross paths with its only resident, Elias, a mysterious tour guide living on the city’s edges—both physically and temporally. Helen and Alexander’s vacation turns into a fight for their lives once they meet Elias, who is inextricably bound to the crumbling city he is sworn to protect.
I’ve loved historical fiction for as long as I can remember; my first childhood crush was Alexander the Great. But I am particularly drawn to historical novels that bend reality, those that blur the boundaries between past and present, dreams and reality, life and death. Here are six wonderful historical novels that combine well-researched history with just that sort of believable, entrancing magic.