I'm thrilled to announce that on Thursday July 12th, Lois Leveen will join us on Book Club Girl on Air to discuss her novel, The Secrets of Mary Bowser. I just loved this book and after having pitched it last week at the Book Club Speed Dating session at BEA, I'm more excited than ever to discuss it with Lois and all of you!
All 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 Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.
Life in the North brings new friendships, a courtship, and a far different education than Mary ever expected, one that leads her into the heart of the abolition movement. With the nation edging toward war, she defies Virginia law by returning to Richmond to care for her ailing father—and to fight for emancipation. Posing as a slave in the Confederate White House in order to spy on President Jefferson Davis, Mary deceives even those who are closest to her to aid the Union command.
Just when it seems that all her courageous gambles to end slavery will pay off, Mary discovers that everything comes at a cost—even freedom.
"This book has "best seller" written all over it. The Secrets of Mary Bowser is not only fascinating reading, but also historical fiction of the highest caliber." says The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Browse inside The Secrets of Mary Bowser and set your reminder for the show here. I have 10 copies of the book to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they can participate in the live show with Lois Leveen on Thursday, July 12th at 7pm ET. Visit Lois Leveen's website, follow her on Twitter and friend her on Facebook.