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The Hamilton affair : a novel
2016
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  Library Journal Review

According to historian and author Cobbs (American Umpire; Broken Promises), this novel of the Hamiltons has been five years in the making. It's a happy coincidence that aligns its publishing so perfectly with the Broadway sensation. Despite its title, this novel takes on much more than just the notorious scandal in which Alexander Hamilton found himself blackmailed by his mistress Maria Reynolds and her husband. Rather, it follows Alexander's rise to fame from bastard son and Elizabeth Schuyler's privileged upbringing, their rather sweet courtship and the sordid affair that threatened their marriage, and Alexander's untimely death in a duel, all set against the backdrop of the American Revolution. There's a lot of ground to cover here, and that strain shows. While she can write quite well and has a great feel for the period, Cobbs has an odd habit of building up to a momentous scene, then skipping the event entirely. With a tighter focus or a different structure, this may not have been quite so noticeable. As is, this can make for a disorienting and choppy experience. Verdict While this work can sometimes be a frustrating read, interest in the Hamiltons should bring this title an audience.-Liz Kirchhoff, Barrington Area Lib., IL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Cobbs's (Broken Promises) second novel is a fictionalized biography that will appeal to both biography fans and general fiction readers. Cobbs's tale of Alexander Hamilton's life concentrates mostly on his wooing of future wife Elizabeth Schuyler. But it's when he is contemplating the future of a newly independent nation and questioning the morality of mankind that the story feels most alive. Beginning in 1768 and ending in 1854, the novel alternates chapters from Alexander's and Elizabeth's point of view, beginning with their respective childhoods, their first meeting, their life in the public eye, and ending from Elizabeth's perspective after Alexander's death. Nearly 100 years is a lot of ground to cover, leaving little time to dwell on the emotions of pivotal moments such as Alexander and Elizabeth's wedding or the death of George Washington. Still, the politics of the time are easy to follow, even for non-historians, and Cobbs's depiction of Hamilton will endear him in the hearts of readers and shed light on one of the most misunderstood figures in American history and the woman who shared his life. Agent: Jim Donovan, Jim Donovan Literary. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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A New York Times Bestseller and one of the best historical fiction books of 2016 and 2017! <br> <br> " A juicy answer to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton ... " -- Cosmopolitan <br> <br> Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of legendary characters, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from passionate and tender beginnings of their romance to his fateful duel on the banks of the Hudson River.<br> <br> Hamilton was a bastard and orphan, raised in the Caribbean and desperate for legitimacy, who became one of the American Revolution's most dashing--and improbable--heroes. Admired by George Washington, scorned by Thomas Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the new nation. Elizabeth was the wealthy, beautiful, adventurous daughter of the respectable Schuyler clan--and a pioneering advocate for women. Together, the unlikely couple braved the dangers of war, the perils of seduction, the anguish of infidelity, and the scourge of partisanship that menaced their family and the country itself.<br> <br> With flawless writing, brilliantly drawn characters, and epic scope, The Hamilton Affair tells a story of love forged in revolution and tested by the bitter strife of young America, and will take its place among the greatest novels of American history ever written.
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