The secrets of Mary Bowser

by Leveen, Lois, 1968-

Format: Print Book 2012
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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.

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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Leveen's rich debut is a fictional retelling of the life of Mary El, the tenacious Virginian slave turned spy. Mary was born into bondage, but when her master dies, his daughter Bet, a fierce abolitionist, frees Mary and her family and sends the young woman to school in Philadelphia. There, Mary discovers the pervasiveness of prejudice-even in the North-and begins shuttling slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad, work that tests Mary's courage and ability to function in dangerous situations. But when her mother dies, Mary must return to Virginia to care for her ailing father. As the Civil War approaches, Mary courts and weds Wilson Bowser, and with the help of Bet, poses as an illiterate slave in the house of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, using her photographic memory to relay crucial information to Union forces. Deftly integrating historical research into this gripping tale of adventure, love, and national conflict, Leveen brings Mary to life and evenhandedly reveals the humanity on both sides of America's deadliest war. (May) c Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Bowser, Mary Elizabeth, -- approximately 1840- -- Fiction.
Freedmen -- Fiction.
Women spies -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Secret service -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :William Morrow,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Notes "P.S. insights, interviews & more"--Cover.
Description 453 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780062107909
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