By A Gentleman in Exile and A Lady in Disguise

Book - 2008
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Written with wit and exuberance by longtime friends and accomplished historians, Blindspot is at once fiction and history, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, it ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories of a Scottish portrait painter and notorious libertine Stewart Jameson, and Fanny Easton, a fallen woman from one of Boston's most powerful families who disguises herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice, Francis Weston. When Boston's revolutionary leader, Samuel Bradstreet, dies suddenly on the day Jameson is to paint his portrait, Bradstreet's slaves are accused of murder. Jameson, Weston, and the brilliant African-born Oxford-educated doctor Ignatius Alexander set out to determine the truth. What they discover turns topsy-turvy everything you thought you knew about the Founding Fathers. Peopled not only with the celebrated Sons of Liberty but also with revolutionary Boston's unsung inhabitants--women and servants, hawkers and rogues and pickpockets--Blindspot is both prodigiously learned and lush with the bawdy sensibility of the eighteenth century. It restores the humanity, the humor, and the sex to the story of the American Revolution.
Published: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385526197
Branch Call Number: F KAM
Characteristics: 500 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lepore, Jill 1966-
Alternative Title: Blind spot


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Mar 19, 2014

Novelist is really off with their recommendations of similar titles. Lepore and Kamensky are historians not authors who churn out bodice busters.
I never would have expected to like a book set in colonial New England this much, but this is a great story. I love painting, so a woman who strove so hard to be a painter in this era grabbed my interest. The anti-slavery theme was another plus, and the mystery and romance was a bonus. I started with the e-audio and missed John Lee a bit when I switched to the book, but the story got better and better.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

Blind Date With a Book comment: "Excellent book."


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