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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Koehler Books (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938467183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938467189
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My Haley is a brilliant writer. THE TREASON OF MARY LOUVESTRE is a fascinating historical novel that captures the bravery of an unheralded heroine. This is a page turner that will make a great movie.

—William Gladstone, international bestselling author of The Twelve and The Power of the Twelve.

 

My Haley has populated this crucial chapter of American history with a fascinating cast of characters, especially a slave woman who risked everything to spy for and help save the Union. Touched by the creative energy of a gifted story teller, Mary Louvestre walks through the pages of this book much as she journeyed along treacherous back roads to the nation’s capital.

—Paul Clancy, bestselling author of Ironclad, The Epic Battle, Calamitous Loss and Historic Recovery of the USS Monitor, columnist of The Virginian Pilot

 

I was invited to read a review copy of The Treason of Mary Louvestre and was asked forward my comments. My problem was that I got caught up in the story and forgot my assigned task. So, I had to immediately reread it mindful of my task, and I found it as enjoyable during the second reading as the first. It is a real potboiler, full of adventure and dialog, twist and turns of plot, humor and pathos, a likeable heroine and an evil villain. DEFINITELY WHAT ONE WOULD TERM A GOOD READ.

— Hunt Lewis, Hampton Roads Naval Museum Docent

 

The Treason of Mary Louvestre by My Haley is a fascinating Civil War-era novel about a middle-aged slave who embarks on a perilous two-hundred-mile journey; she is determined to deliver intelligence about the vulnerabilities of a Confederate battleship to the Union secretary of the navy. The story is loosely based on a real historical character credited with committing acts of espionage against the Confederacy. Dr. Haley is a writer with exceptional talent. I give this novel my highest recommendation. A real page-turner!

Kelvin L. Reed, Author of President Pro Tem


The Treason of Mary Louvestre is a compelling and engaging story. My Haley emerges as a premier novelist. This is a beautifully crafted piece of literature!

—Dr. Neil Kobrin, bestselling author of Emotional Well-Being: Embracing the Gift of Life

Book Description

From the widow and collaborator of Alex Haley, award-winning author of Roots, comes a new American epic from the Civil War. The Treason of Mary Louvestre is based on the true story of a seamstress slave from the Confederate town of Norfolk, Virginia. When her owner gets involved with modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia, Mary copies the plans and sets out to commit treason against the South. Facing certain death as a spy if caught, she sets treks two hundred miles during the bitter winter of 1862 to reach the office of the Union Secretary of War, where she hands over the plans. Mary's act of bravery is ably told by Haley, using a rich narrative and characters drawn from that pinnacle era of American history. First there was Roots, now there is The Treason of Mary Louvestre.
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Customer Reviews

Kudos to Mary Louvestre!
Inez
Very well written and the characters were very believable and interesting.
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It's been a long time since I've found a book so hard to put down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Inez on February 15, 2013
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Thank you, My Haley! You brought us Mary Louvestre!

I usually read historical or contemporary studies about racial bias and privilege so when The Treason of Mary Louvestre came across my path, I assessed it as a light read. I could not have been more wrong. Mary will probably haunt me for years to come! Her story provides an added dimension to my understanding of our country's racialized past, particularly that of a certain "class" of African slave.

Mary Louvestre emerges from My's writing as an authenic woman with dreams and aspirations but she lives as a slave of small privilege in Norfolk, VA just as the Civil War begins. My takes us into Mary's heart where she has love as well as ambition, and where she holds loving affection for almost everyone around her and fate offers Mary a choice: Forsake the crumbs from the master's table to make a huge contribution to her own future and the future of her people, the African slaves whose future lies in the success of the North's efforts.

Beautifully written, this loving portrayal of a creative woman gifted with strength and grit gives a unique perspective into the life of what would have been considered a cut-above even a "house Negro". My Haley offers us an intimate look into Mary's growth as she wrestles within as well as without until she finally delivers an amazing witness of a strong woman insisting on hope and triumph.

Kudos to Mary Louvestre! And, kudos to you, My Haley!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Wehr on December 19, 2012
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Very entertaning and very informative!!!! This book is very well writted and was a great read. I will look for other titles from this author in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin L. Reed on December 18, 2012
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"The Treason of Mary Louvestre" by My Haley is a fascinating Civil War-era novel about a middle-aged slave who embarks on a perilous two-hundred-mile journey; she is determined to deliver intelligence about the vulnerabilities of a Confederate battleship to the Union secretary of the navy. The story is loosely based on a real historical character credited with committing acts of espionage against the Confederacy. Dr. Haley is a writer with exceptional talent. I give this novel my highest recommendation. A real page-turner!

Kelvin L. Reed
Author of "President Pro Tem"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mythoughts on June 5, 2013
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When I started to read "The Treason of Mary Louvestre" I found it hard to put down. I just finished this book and can't wait for My Haley to write sequel! It sounds like Mary may have other stories to tell us. Perhaps Anders wasn't onboard after all? Or Miss Effie's healing may be needed to help Bittibay on his way home? Devereaux, Roguey, Clemmus, the Livingstones all have stories to tell. Life of Coolie with Jitter would have to be filled with laughter and unexpected twists. As you can guess, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book! ♥ The Treason of Mary Louvestre
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VABEACH on March 2, 2013
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Being reared and raised in Norfolk, VA, I was drawn to this book with great interest. I am aware of the prejudices and conflicts of the area, especially during the turbulent '60's. This book drew me in like a moth to a flame. This was a book that I could not put down!

Dr. Haley presented a vivid description of an earlier time with great writing. With each character, she painted a picture that made you know and feel them in realistic connections. Even though the descriptions were sometimes extensive, they made me skip some to find out "what's next".

This book made me want to read more about the era and the motivation for this writing. I now look at Tidewater, now called Hampton Roads, with a clearer understanding of still existing attitudes.

Thank you Dr. Haley for this book, and I look forward to what will be a great movie. Producers would do well to present what would be the foundation for a blockbuster hit! I loved the strength of Mary, and each character presented. I would recommend it to all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Deblanck on May 20, 2013
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Haley's epic novel is a mesmerizing piece of literary art. She has done an incredible job at recreating the Civil War era in Norfolk, Virginia by offering an intimate glimpse into the city's machinations and also providing a vivid impression of daily life in the South with all its glory and horror. Into this turbulent setting of history, she places an array of characters that delineate the various alliances that stem among the races, families, friends, and political groups. The title character and focal figure is Mary Louvestre. A talented seamstress, but also a slave, Mary finds access to classified information that could turn the tide of the war. She, however, represents only one of many fascinating personalities who haunt this majestic narrative, either collaborating or clashing with different forces and individuals as the mayhem of events unfolds.

Haley expertly builds the plot to reveal intricate connections between the characters, and she shows how their motives are driven by the politics of culture, race, geography, and war. She captures the visceral emotions of these people, both real and imagined, as they face the trials and upheaval of the moment. When the story changes gears to focus exclusively on Mary and her dangerous journey with her friend Coolie to the nation's capital, the narrative almost feels as though a second novel is beginning. But the courage and resilience of the two women keep you engrossed on every page. Haley's steady, beautiful prose never wavers as she delivers a story about betrayal and bravery, despair and joy, and tragedy and hope. This is a bold and gorgeous novel that demands the patience and attention of its audience, but it offers tremendous reward with its richness of detail and its brilliant authenticity and insight. Find the time to experience the breadth of this epic tale and reap the pleasures of this extraordinary novel.
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Growing up under her grandmother's watchful, wise tutelage, My Lewis Haley spent her early childhood in South Charleston, West Virginia before her parents moved the family to Columbus, Ohio.

While working on her doctorate in Communications and African American Studies at The Ohio State University, My was inspired by a speech delivered on campus by author Alex Haley. After achieving her goal of earning a PhD, she set out on her next goal: to work with the renowned author.

Impressed by My's drive and talent, Alex Haley gave her a major assignment--to assist him in writing the remaining two-thirds of a book that was long overdue to his publisher. Within a matter of months together they completed the work and that book, Roots: The Saga of An American Family, catapulted Alex Haley to international fame. My and Alex married in 1977, and over the years collaborated on many projects, including the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. After Alex's death, My Haley immersed herself in writing pieces based upon her growing up with her grandmother, other novels, and many screenplays for feature film and TV.

With this boo, My has returned to her own roots as an author. First, ROOTS, now The Treason of Mary Louvestre, coming in 2013.

This novel is just the first of numerous books and projects she's readying for launch. It is an historical novel inspired by the little known but true story of a black woman spy during the Civil War, whose courageous actions led to a northern victory in the important naval battle at Hampton Roads, VA in 1862.

This story of Civil War bravery is a tale of one person's great courage and represents the finest of the American daring do; outstanding is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.

My lives with her partner in Las Vegas where she writes, explores natural health solutions, enjoys cooking and searching out organic foods. She has fun with her extended family in Arizona whenever possible. She also devotes time to developing future projects including an online magazine, a video game, a line of fashionable kufis, children's books, and cookbooks-all while writing new novels.

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