A historical novel researched and written by John Smolens (English), with support from the 2010 NMU Peter White Scholar Award, was published in hardcover by Pegasus Books on Sept. 15. It is titled The Schoolmaster's Daughter: A Novel of the American Revolution. The book is based in and around Smolens' hometown of Boston. The following summary was provided by the publisher:
"During the siege of Boston, Abigail Lovell's family is torn apart. While her schoolmaster father is an outspoken loyalist and prominent figurehead in the community, she and her two brothers engage in acts of espionage to undermine the British forces in Boston. Sickly James operates the patriots' spy ring. Abigal acts as a courier, eluding increasingly aggressive British patrols. Meanwhile, her younger brother, Benjamin, slips out of Boston to fight alongside Abigail's love at the battles at Lexington and Concord. With the help of her best friend, Rachel Revere (Paul's sister), Abigail smuggles money and supplies to the Revolutionaries. But when a British sergeant is found murdered, Abigail stands accused and must fight to save herself and those she loves."
The Schoolmaster's Daughter is Smolens' seventh novel.
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