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Courting Mr. Lincoln By Louis Bayard Courting Mr Lincoln From the prizewinning author of Mr Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr Lincoln the page turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who

  • Title: Courting Mr. Lincoln
  • Author: Louis Bayard
  • ISBN: 1616208473
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Courting Mr. Lincoln By Louis Bayard From the prizewinning author of Mr Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr Lincoln, the page turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one s shortlist From the prizewinning author of Mr Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr Lincoln, the page turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one s shortlist to be president Rough and reticent, he s a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory Mary, a quick, self possessed debutante with a tireless interest in debates and elections, at first finds him an enigma I can only hope, she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, that his waters being so very still, they also run deep It s not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for her keen political mind But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate the polite society of Springfield Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, Courting Mr Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before a mov
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    1. Steve on said:

      When I heard that someone was taking on the Mary Todd Abraham Lincoln Joshua Speed triangle as a novel, I wondered how that could possibly work Lincoln famously shared a bed with another man for a time in his life, and many have fought over the significance and implications of this biographical detail The whole subject is fraught with cultural baggage Well, the inimitable Louis Bayard has no surprise pulled off the feat with grace, charm, insight and integrity than I thought possib When I heard [...]

    2. Megan H on said:

      The queer er Austen novel you didn t realize you were missing your whole life The first Joshua Speed section alone will still be one of my favorite things I read this year come December, I guarantee.

    3. Danielle on said:

      This was an interesting story, and like all fiction that is about real people, it re introduced me to several important historical figures in a way that allowed me to relate to them better than a non fiction book could It also made me want to look up the characters and see how well their lives in the book fit with the historical record The characters in this book were so close to real life that even some of the dialog came directly from letters that the main characters wrote each other in real T [...]

    4. Meghan on said:

      This book was received as an ARC from Algonquin Books in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I was intrigued from the start of the book due to my love for untold behind the scenes stories of iconic historical events and figures such and Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln While reading this I could not help but picture the both of them telling their story to me as if we were having dinner in their living room and we were sharing some T [...]

    5. Liz on said:

      Courting Mr LincolnThis thoroughly enjoyable, Austenesque work of historical fiction captivated me from the start The emotional, if not romantic, triangle of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd and Joshua Speed at the crux of the story kept me wondering about the actual relationship between those two men The author clearly implies a homosexual connection between the two, yet no actual physical act ever takes place, despite the historically accurate description of male bed sharing of that era Bayard b Cou [...]

    6. Genevieve Taylor on said:

      This endearing historical novel follows the parallel romances of Lincoln with the two most significant relationships of his life that of his future wife, Mary Todd, but also that of his bosom friend, Joshua Speed Bayard handles the two relationships deftly, treating them with equal sensitivity and depth, though in the end a decision has to be made, and Lincoln s political career requires a wife.

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