26.3.14

THE SPYMISTRESS, by Jennifer Chiaverini

We so often get novels of the British or French Civil war, but our own American Civil War gets short shrift. This novel helps to correct that imbalance, as it portrays a genuine historical figure: Elizabeth Van Lew, a Richmond heiress turned Union spy. Civil War buffs will be thrilled to get their hands on this.
Born to wealth and privilege to a slave-holding family, Lizzie was horrified when the southern states left the Union. The saga of her tireless work in support of Union aims was brave in a time when such bravery could be severely punished. No spoilers, so I'll say no more. For a fine recounting of a heroic life, this should be on your reading list. It could also make an excellent book for a reading group. It's a 4.
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