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Dear George, Dear Mary / Mary Calvi.

Calvi, Mary, 1969- author. (Author).
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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library CAL (Text) 33500013017678 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library CAL (Text) 33500013017660 New Checked out 08/29/2019
Roseau Public Library CAL (Text) 35500006137093 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250162946
  • ISBN: 1250162947
  • Physical Description: 322 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-319).
Summary, etc.: "Love is said to be an involuntary passion, and it is, therefore, contended that it cannot be resisted." --George Washington Unrequited love might have sparked a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution. Never before has this story about George Washington been told. Crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, Dear George, Dear Mary explores George's relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.From elegant eighteenth-century society to bloody battlefields, the novel creates breathtaking scenes and riveting characters. Dramatic portraits of the two main characters unveil a Washington on the precipice of greatness with his insecurities and his inspirations, using the very words he had spoken and written, and his ravishing love, whose outward beauty and refinement disguise madness.Dear George, Dear Mary unveils details of a deception long hidden from the world that ultimately led Mary Philipse to named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. While that may sound like the end, ultimately both Mary and George, achieve what they always wanted - freedom.
New York heiress Mary Philipse was the richest belle in Colonial America-- and George Washington's first love. But her outward beauty and refinement disguised madness. A deception long hidden from the world ultimately led Mary Philipse to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. Inspired by letters, witness accounts, and journal entries from the eighteenth century, this novel explores their relationship-- and shows how it may have sparked a flame that became the American Revolution. -- adapted from jacket
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 February #1
    Long before the Revolutionary War—1756, to be precise—young George Washington is making a name for himself as a military leader in New York. He has no money or education, nothing but ambition and his good name, which he tends carefully. Broadcast journalist Calvi's first novel draws on public and personal documents to provide details not only on Washington's battles with the French and Indians and his skirmishes with his British superiors but also on his own high standards. To that end, a match with Mary Philipse, an heiress a few years older than him, seems perfect. He proposes; she accepts. But when George can't get leave, Mary's battle with depression resurfaces and makes her act in unpredictable ways. Calvi's portrait of Washington as an earnest young man striving for success but beleaguered on every front is convincing and, in a way, endearing. It is also a fascinating and unique look at pre-Revolutionary War society, with its misunderstandings and simmering resentments, and notable for the author's use of contemporaneous documents. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

MARY CALVI spent years wondering about the heiress who lived in the grand manor in her hometown of Yonkers, New York. Curiosity propelled her to do her own research that spanned several years. This novel is based on what she uncovered. Calvi is a nine-time New York Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as a New York television anchor and reporter. Mary is also First Lady of the city of Yonkers where she serves as a member of the board of Hudson River Museum. Dear George, Dear Mary is her first novel.

Subject: Washington, George, 1732-1799 > Fiction.
Philipse, Mary, 1730-1825 > Fiction.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Washington, George 1732-1799 > Fiction.
Philipse, Mary, 1730-1825 > Fiction.
Love-letters > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Love-letters > Fiction.
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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