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“In THE REBELLION OF MISS LUCY ANN LOBDELL,William Klaber takes us on high-spirited journey of joy and hardship through a 19th century America that few of us could have ever imagined. Lucy Lobdell seems destined to live out a life of adventure from the moment she crosses over into a forbidden and secret world. Beautifully told, by the time I finished I felt I knew not only Lucy, but had a far better understanding of the America of her times. A first class novel about an truly unforgettable woman.” ―Robert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country
“William Klaber has created a complicated and heartbreaking heroine, or do I mean hero? Whether Lucy is living as a man or a woman, working as a music teacher or a hired gun, I was utterly absorbed in her adventures. A wonderful debut.” ―Margot Livesey, author of The House on Fortune Street and The Flight of Gemma Hardy
“A superb novel. I feel as if I have walked through 19th century America at Lucy's side, celebrated and grieved with her. Klaber tells the story of her adventures with grace and invisible artistry. This is beautiful retelling of a remarkable story, and a fitting tribute to its subject.” ―Imogen Robertson, author of The Paris Winter
“So dead-on it's uncanny . . . an early contender for the year's 'best' lists.” ―Booklist, starred review
“An important book that will take its rightful place in the annals of quality historical fiction.” ―Library Journal, starred review
“A personal narrative about the freedom to live outside the box into which even the unruly frontier wanted to put her . . . a becoming, a mind trying to grasp its own identity and build a life in the face of an uncomprehending world.” ―Historical Novel Society
“Deeply satisfying historical novel” ―New York Times Book Review--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
The farmhouse he bought with his wife, Jean, in 1980 had a history with Lucy's legend, but he didn't know that till years later when he sat down for breakfast with a longtime local historian who told him Lucy's story and showed him a leather satchel filled with recollections, newspaper articles, and letters about her, gathered over the years. In this collection was a copy of a self-written account of Lucy's early life that the historian had found in an unmarked box in a library basement.
Despite his continued searching, the historian never found the memoir that Lucy had promised to write. Explaining that he had always thought to write a book of his own about Lucy but no longer felt up to it, the historian then handed the satchel to the author.
Excellent book. Characters were well developed. It was sad to see how Lucy was treated, but there were some happy moments in her life as well. I admired Lucy's strength. Read morePublished 25 days ago by kindlelover
Book wasn't that great, hence the 3 stars which is generous. But, delivery was quick and on time as promised.Published 1 month ago by Katie Horan
An interesting book about a woman who was searching for equality at a time when there was no equality for women, late 1800s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Daphne Underdown
The opening of this book pulled me in with the promise of a fun adventure story, featuring a woman disguised as a man in 19th century America. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. Smiley
I loved this book! Lucy was so ahead of her time. Towards the last 50 pages I just had to keep reading way past my bedtime. She was a pioneer and didn't even know it.Published 3 months ago by Meredith Kimberley
Light summer reading. A bit more enjoyable when I realized it is based on the life of a real person.Published 3 months ago by Laura Levine
Very good story. Enjoyed the main character Lucy Ann aka Joseph. So much is true in today's world.Published 3 months ago by Joanne