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I, Eliza Hamilton Paperback – September 26, 2017
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Praise for I, ELIZA HAMILTON
“Scott expertly handles the complex history and complicated romance, moving the personal and political plots briskly…Readers will be captivated by the affecting portrait Scott has painted of Eliza as an American patriot who was witness and counsel to Alexander’s enduring legacy.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Scott’s devotion to research is evident, and those who enjoy learning about history through fiction should find this to be a rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple.” – Library Journal
“I, Eliza Hamilton is going to be your next Hamilton obsession." – Bustle
“With the recent popularity of Alexander Hamilton comes the much deserved interest in his wife, Eliza. We've heard so much about Hamilton's story (thanks to his endless writings), but Susan Holloway Scott has introduced Eliza's voice into the mix. This piece of historical fiction tells the true story of Eliza Hamilton in a narrative that captures both her kindness and strength.” – Gillian Pensavalle, The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast
“While you’re waiting for Hamilton tickets, or if you’re obsessed with American history, this is the book to read this fall. Scott…brings a fascinating woman and tumultuous era to full-fledged life. The lavish details and meticulous research add resonance to Eliza’s voice as she relates the story of her marriage. The sensitive portrayal is a testament to the Hamilton’s abiding love and strong relationship, and proof of one woman’s courage.” - RT Book Reviews
“Based on solid research, Scott’s novel is packed with political and historical as well as domestic details.” - Booklist
About the Author
Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over fifty historical novels and historical romances. Writing under several pen names, she has received numerous awards and honors for her bestselling books. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world and translated into fourteen different languages.
Susan also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), a popular book & history blog and Twitter account (@2nerdyhistgirls) with a worldwide following. She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family outside of Philadelphia, PA. For more information about Susan and her books, visit her website at www.susanhollowayscott.com.
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--- "Eliza Schyler is a a twenty year old woman who helps entertain guests whenever they visit her father's house. One day, a cocky young man comes over, name Colonel Hamilton. Though not impressed with Hamilton at first, Eliza develops a fondness for him. Two years later, the pair is reunited and eventually fall in love. Throughout the novel, it describes their love, marriage, struggle, family, children, and even deaths. This is an amazing book about Eliza's life, written in a diary-type format with facts from the moment that Eliza first met Hamilton until the time of his death. I am a HUGE fan of the musical Hamilton, and my favorite character is Eliza, so it was really exciting to read more about her. This book gives a lot of information about the whole Schyler and Hamilton family. It made me cry when Eliza's husband died! This book made me love them even more. It also had background on James Madison, Marquis de Layfayette, John Laurens, George Washington -- and made me dislike Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, more, ha! I wish there was more information about her childhood, and her life after Hamilton died, but that's the only thing I would change. I would really recommend it to Hamilton fans and anyone that likes historical fiction. I do think it is better for ages 12+ because of some of the content and the length of the text. Such a great novel!"
The era of our nation’s founding is my favorite historical period, and there is no historical figure whose life story fascinates me more than Alexander Hamilton. And since discovering the stunning musical "Hamilton" (and the Ron Chernow biography which inspired it) I have been most curious about his wife Eliza – or his “Betsey,” as he called her. I have enjoyed getting to know her by reading the letters Alexander wrote to her (and to their children) throughout their life together – they give such intimate insight into their remarkable relationship. When I first heard, then, about Susan Holloway Scott’s "I, Eliza Hamilton," I was understandably more than a little intrigued.
I was very fortunate to have received an advance copy of the book, and I was not in the least disappointed. Told in the first person by Eliza herself, the story has been deeply researched and is richly detailed, without sounding like an academic biographical study. There is a cinematic quality to the writing, especially the dialogue, which makes it easy to visualize the unfolding events of that dynamic time during which a new nation was being fashioned, with no guarantees it would survive its earliest years. Eliza’s narrative speaks directly to us readers, as if we were sitting with her, listening to her tell us the story of her life with her most brilliant of geniuses, whose best qualities – his directness, his honesty, his generosity – could also be some of his most problematic and troubling. The dialogue is never stilted, yet manages to somehow convey the voice of some of Alexander’s original letters to her. Their deep love for each other is depicted with great sensitivity, from their breathless young courtship through the times of their later trials. There is an authentic eighteenth-century tone throughout the telling which makes it a pleasure to read (even out loud, as I sometimes found myself doing).
"I, Eliza Hamilton" is the story of a marriage, of a remarkably strong relationship between two very different people who seem to have been fated for one another. Alexander’s brilliance and genius are never downplayed, yet his flaws are unflinchingly depicted as well. Eliza is a strong woman, very supportive of her husband, but with a mind of her own, never fawning. Their marriage survives extreme challenges, only to end in a tragedy which is the stuff of American legend.
The author obviously cares very much for her characters, and has presented their story in a most sympathetic, readable manner. There were many joyous moments during which I found myself smiling or laughing out loud, and there were also a number of absolutely heartbreaking moments, during which (I’m not ashamed to say) I shed copious tears, even though I knew what was coming. In short, Susan Holloway Scott’s "I, Eliza Hamilton" met and exceeded all my rather rigid requirements for good historical fiction. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the beginnings of our American identity, and in the story of the man who did so much to forge that identity, and, more importantly, of the woman who supported him in so many ways.
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Her story made Alexander Hamilton more real and down to earth.