I’m delighted to announce the next P4P Book Club selection is Revolutionary by Alex Myers. We will be reading the book throughout the next several weeks, culminating with a book club call with the author on Sunday, April 13th at 7 pm EST.
This book is the first time Politics for the People will be reading an historical novel and I think you are going to really enjoy this gem.
Here is a description of the book from Alex Myers’ website:
“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.”
You can purchase a copy of Revolutionary on Amazon (used start at $9.55) or you local bookstore.
We will be discussing our selection in a Politics for the People conference call on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Happy reading and stay tuned for upcoming posts about the book and its author, or better yet, send me your thoughts and questions.