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A Fork in the Road: 9+ Works of Alternate History

by Jen Moyers (@jen.loves.books)

Last week, we released our Book Club episode focusing on Katharine McGee's American Royals, a book that questions what would have happened if George Washington had accepted the offer to become King instead of President. Alternate histories like this one can be an intriguing way to explore what matters to us and what decisions in our history have been most important. (They're also just fun!)

Ta-Nehisi Coates's The Water Dancer - Check out my review here.

Sarah Gailey's River of Teeth - Hippos instead of horses in the Wild West. Love it!

Justina Ireland's Dread Nation - We released an episode about Dread Nation, which imagines a zombie apocalypse during the Civil War.

Philip Roth's The Plot Against America - This alternate history follows a Jewish family during the antisemitic Presidency of Charles Lindbergh. (This book has been adapted, but I haven't watched yet.)

Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - This one is cheating a little big because the historical validity of King Arthur's Court is questionable, but . . . I love this one, which imagines a man from the 1800s transported to Camelot, when his science comes up against Merlin's magic.

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad - This novel won Whitehead the first of his two Pulitzers (The Nickel Boys is also excellent!) and posits a Civil War-era America in which the underground railroad is an actual railroad.

Also, check out this article from Book Riot with even more options: "What If? 15 Great Alternate History Books and Series"

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