Kathleen Kent‘s two historical novels, set in 17th-century New England, have been big hits with BookPage readers. Both were based on the lives of her ancestors—she told us a little more about one of them in a Behind the Book story last fall.
Her upcoming novel is set in her home state of Texas, and it’s a big leap forward for the author—history-wise, at least. It’s set during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War. Kent described the book on her Facebook page as something “very different in tone [that] confronts a lot of issues that are still with us today.”
At the Texas Book Festival last year, she told readers, “I love Texas history. I’d been working on those books for seven years—the first two—and I needed, I wanted to do something different, to take a fresh approach to writing fiction.”
The Reconstruction is a fascinating time period that is still relatively underexposed in fiction (Paulette Jiles‘ Enemy Women being a remarkable exception). We’re looking forward to seeing what Kent does with it when her book is released next year.