- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061782157
- ISBN-13: 978-0061782152
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Starred Review. Gunning's blazing third historical (after Bound) takes readers into the heart of Revolutionary War–era Boston, where young Jane Clarke has been sent to care for her great-aunt Gill after refusing to marry the man her loyalist father has chosen for her. Not long after settling into her aunt's house near the British Custom House, Jane is thrust into the milieu of violence and intrigue that eventually leads to a declaration of independence by the American colonists. She befriends the bookseller Henry Knox and meets John Adams, who employs her brother as a clerk. As tensions mount, Jane watches the men around her grow more aggressive in their aversion to British rule, and less concerned with truth. When she is caught up in the Boston Massacre, she must come to terms with the importance of honesty over personal and political passions. There's a history textbook's worth of well-done cameos, but it's Gunning's fluid writing and attention to the larger issues of human nature that really make this move. Good historical fiction offers new perspectives on old stories. This book succeeds handily at the task. (June)
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“Readers will be swiftly turning the pages, eagerly cheering for the strong-willed widow.” (Booklist)
“Quietly compelling . . . . Gunning paints the ethical, emotional, and financial dilemmas of her refreshingly adult characters in surprisingly lively shades of gray.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Provocative . . . Gunning infuses the story with suspense and intrigue [and] resists easy generalizations and stereotypes.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Historical fiction at its best.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“Heartrending ... Gunning’s vibrant portrayal of Lyddie’s journey shows that the pursuit of happiness is not for the faint of heart.” (Boston Globe)
“Gunning’s exquisite use of language and imaginative scene-setting in times past will keep readers riveted . . . Anyone who loves history, storytelling, and Cape Cod will want to settle in for a long weekend of pleasurable escape.” (Cape Cod Life on BOUND)
“Gripping, romantic, historically sound, and completely satisfying...I’ll be surprised if I read a better historical novel this year.” (Historical Novels Review (The Historical Novel Society); "Editor's Choice")
“A gifted storyteller . . . has given us a deeply affecting tale of a woman caught between the irresistible currents of her inner truth and the equally powerful strictures of her times.” (Anne LeClaire, author of The Law of Bound Hearts and Entering Normal)
“[A] colonial page-turner...horrifying, spellbinding.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Unlike many historical novelists, Gunning makes the long-ago feel like this very day. Elegantly, she tells bitter truths -- that dignity and grace and even abiding love can flourish where it seems nothing can grow.” (Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer)
“The descriptions are vivid; the characters have depth and a little mystery; and the history is accurate, from well-known events to daily living...[a] masterpiece of historical ficition.” (The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA) on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“[B]lazing...Gunning’s fluid writing and attention to the larger issues of human nature...really make this move. Good historical fiction offers new perspectives on old stories. This book succeeds handily at the task.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“This well-researched and lively novel captures the mood of those turbulent [pre-revolutionary] times.” (Library Journal on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“Gunning fills her novel with believable and complex characters . . . best of all she’s created an intriguing and admirable witness to history in Jane Clarke. ” (BookPage.com on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“A wonderful writer…Gunning’s attention to historical detail and riveting storytelling make for a compelling and intelligent read. ” (The Cape Cod Times on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“Nobody brings the Cape’s history alive like Sally Gunning.” (Cape Codder on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“Sally Gunning is equally adept at depicting a city on the brink of rebellion, a young woman’s coming of age, and the beautiful Cape Cod landscape.” (Historical Novels Review on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
“Gunning had chosen a turbulent and fascinating period in American history…that suggests interesting philosophical arguments….Jane Clarke [is] a sensitive heroine, insightful enough to tussle with these difficulties.” (Washington Post Book World on THE REBELLION OF JANE CLARKE)
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Top Customer Reviews
Jane Clark. She is an absolutely fiercely independent woman. In the beginning, I wasn't sure I would like her story, but the more I read, the more I liked her. Refusing to marry the man her father had chosen for her, she is forced to move to Boston and live with her aunt. Once there, her life greatly changes when she befriends the British, and jeopardizes her brother life, who works for John Adams. All this happens right before the Boston Massacre.
When the Boston Massacre occurs, Jane rethinks her life. She's unsure of herself and her place in society, and wants to find her place. Questions arise and twists and turns accompany Jane's thoughts on finding her true self. She is young, and confused, and through finding the answers she'll find her way.
This is a novel that is stunningly full of rich historical stateside detail, unforgettable characters, and a time period that changed the world. While this was a superbly fast 4 star read, it was not always a "light" read. if you love history-filled stories that ring true, then I highly recommend the talented Sally Gunning's The Rebellion of Jane Clark. Like me, you're sure to become a full part of the story, and before you know it, you'll be on the last page and ready for more of her novels!
*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*
Will Jane's relationship with her brother survive their disparate testimony at the subsequent trials? Will Jane find more than she bargained for living with Aunt Gill? Will she marry the man her father choses or find love with another in Boston?
I'm not sure if it was me or my current mood (life was a bit off-kilter the last week or so), but I never warmed to Jane nor cared much what happened to her. I really had a hard time keeping track of some of the lesser characters, as well as events as related by the author. Perhaps I'm a bit dense but I couldn't always tell exactly what was going on - the writing was too obtuse for my tastes - and in the end the author just did not suck me into her world. A shame as the massacre and ensuing aftermath should make for gripping reading, but it just didn't work for this reader - I didn't feel the crowd's anger nor the soldier's fear of the crowd - I didn't feel anything at all. A good book, just not a great one.
My review is based on an ARC I received through Librarything Early Reviewers.