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Posted by on December 20, 2013

This is another one hosted over at Should be Reading

I only have one find this week and actually I found it a few weeks ago but since I was not doing Friday Finds then I did not get to post about it. So I am going to do so now, yes yes I am.

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“A novel of the American Revolution by a writer who is himself a true American revolutionary.” —Mark Edmundson, author of Why Teach?

In 1782, during the final clashes of the Revolutionary War, one of our young nation’s most valiant and beloved soldiers was, secretly, a woman.

When Deborah Samson disguised herself as a man and joined the Continental Army, she wasn’t just fighting for America’s independence—she was fighting for her own. Revolutionary, Alex Myers’s richly imagined and meticulously researched debut novel, brings the true story of Deborah’s struggle against a rigid colonial society back to life—and with it the courage, hope, fear, and heartbreak that shaped her journey through a country’s violent birth.

After years as an indentured servant in a sleepy Massachusetts town, chafing under the oppressive norms of colonial America, Deborah can’t contain her discontent any longer. When a sudden crisis forces her hand, she decides to finally make her escape. Embracing the peril and promise of the unknown, she cuts her hair, binds her chest, and, stealing clothes from a neighbor, rechristens herself Robert Shurtliff. It’s a desperate, dangerous, and complicated deception, and becomes only more so when, as Robert, she enlists in the Continental Army.

What follows is an inspiring, one-of-a-kind journey through an America torn apart by war: brutal winters and lethal battlefields, the trauma of combat and the cruelty of betrayal, the joy of true love and the tragedy of heartbreak. In his brilliant Revolutionary, Myers, who himself is a descendant of the historical Deborah, takes full advantage of this real-life heroine’s unique voice to celebrate the struggles for freedom, large and small, like never before.

Not out yet but you can pre order on Amazon 🙂 AND if you would like to meet the Author he has some readings coming up. I know if I could attend I would be.

 

Politics & Prose Bookstore in DC on January 26

Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge/Boston on January 31

and Cincinnati in February I will update everyone with more information as I get it 😀

 

Yes my friends this post is me waving my geek flag and reminding you all that I am one of these people..

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One Response to “Friday Finds 12/20/13”

  1. I’m a US history major at school so I know Deborah Sampson’s story very well. Seems like a really great historical read! Enjoy 🙂

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