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Publisher Description

“Masterfully written, The Secrets of Mary Bowser shines a new light onto our country’s darkest history.”
—Brunonia Barry, bestselling author of The Lace Reader

“Packed with drama, intrigue, love, loss, and most of all, the resilience of a remarkable heroine….What a treat!”
—Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

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, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is a masterful debut by an exciting new novelist. 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.

Fiction & Literature
May 15
William Morrow Paperbacks

Customer Reviews

Cwils99 ,

Loved it

I was drawn into Mary's life, the story felt real even though it's fiction, and so interesting that it was tied to real people.

Ronny helm ,

The secrets of Mary Bowser

Excellent book. I learned a lot about the civil war from a slave's point of view. What a courageous person Mary Bowser was. Glad to see that it portrayed good white people who were sympathetic to the cause of abolishing slavery and were willing to risk their life for this cause. Will recommend this book to all my friends. Thank you Lois Laveen.

Five star

Fad50 ,

The Secrets of Mary Bowser

Totally enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down as I got
closer to the end. Even though I thought I knew about the events leading to the Civil War, I learned a lot from this book. Right now, I am hoping to visit some of the historical sites mentioned in this story. I look forward to Leveen's next book.

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