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The Best Worst Christmas Gift in History by Lois Leveen

Posted on: 19/12/2013 with tags: christmas, history, lois leveen, slavery, the secrets of mary bowser

What if the best Christmas gift you ever got was also the worst thing that had ever happened to you? Historical fiction seems as if it’s only about BIG things.  War.  Politics.  Epidemics.  But what draws me into a story—as a reader and as a writer—are the emotional experiences of individuals.  Before I began writing The Secrets of Mary Bowser, a novel based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy during the American Civil War, I thought the Civil War was boring.  Growin…

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