9 Novels Based on Extraordinary True Stories,
and the Merrick Library has them all!
Please come check them out.
I already have my favorites, how about you?
The Man Who Walked Away, by Maud Casey (Genealogy, 2006, etc.) A fictionalized a story based on the real-life figure of Albert Dadas, a man from the late 19th century whose strange pathology dictated to him that he walk continually, though he temporarily ends up in an asylum—and eventually walks away from that as well.
Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent. With language flickering, sparkling and flashing like the northern lights, Kent debuts with a study of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, an Icelandic servant convicted of an 1828 murder.
Quiet Dell, by Jayne Anne Phillips. Phillips (Lark and Termite, 2009) fuses the established facts surrounding the 1931 trial of serial killer Harry Powers with her imagined version of the victims' inner lives and the fictional lives of a handful of characters connected by the crimes.
Arthur and George, by Julian Barnes. British author Barnes's deeply satisfying tenth novel, based on a turn-of-the-century cause célèbre.
Sunnyside, by Glen David Gold. A big, splashy novel about a little, splashy subject: Charlie Chaplin, the original movie star.
Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, by Kate Moses. The last days of poet Sylvia Plath, as seen by a co-editor of the anthology Mothers Who Think (as well as co-founder of Salon.com's feature of the same name).