The Secrets Of Mary Bowser: A Novel

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byLois Leveen

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“Masterfully written, The Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”
—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader

“Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine….What a treat!”
—Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Based on the remarkable true story of a freed African American slave who returned to Virginia at the onset of the Civil War to spy on the Confederates, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is a masterful debut by an exciting new novelist. Author Lois Leveen combines fascinating facts and ingenious speculation to craft a historical novel that will enthrall readers of women’s fiction, historical fiction, and acclaimed works like Cane River and Cold Mountain that offer intimate looks at the twin nightmares of slavery and Civil War. A powerful and unforgettable story of a woman who risked her own freedom to bring freedom to millions of others, The Secrets of Mary Bowser celebrates the courageous achievements of a little known but truly inspirational American heroine.

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“Masterfully written, The Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader “Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine….What a treat!”—Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May A...

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Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of historyAll her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Phil...

Award-winning author Lois Leveen's work has appeared in theNew York Times, on NPR, and in literary journals and anthologies. A former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College, she lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.12 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062107909

ISBN - 13:9780062107909

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“This novel will sweep you into the world of Mary Bowser without making you feel as if you’re sitting in school instead of on the beach.”