Louis Bayard - Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

In historical novels including The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy, Bayard, whose work has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards, has delighted readers with his knack for homing in on the small, overlooked moments in famous lives that prove to be crucial turning points. His latest novel opens in the winter of 1840 in Springfield, Illinois. Mary Todd, a sharp-witted debutante with an interest in politics, has just met Abraham Lincoln, a rough-hewn country lawyer, and isn’t sure what to think. Thanks to Lincoln’s roommate, the charming and polished Joshua Speed, she grows to appreciate Lincoln’s wit, intelligence, and gift for oratory. Told in the alternating voices of Mary and Joshua, the novel explores two relationships crucial to making Lincoln the statesman he became and reimagines Mary Todd as a compelling and spirited figure.


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ISBN: 9781616208479
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 23rd, 2019

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