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The Schoolmaster's Daughter: A Novel Of The American Revolution Hardcover – Aug 23 2011

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“John Smolens has written a historical novel with the quick-beating heart of a thriller. Written in crisp, cinematic prose, the novel has echoes of the best noir.” — Dan Chaon, author of Await Your Reply

“A fine writer with a profound knowledge of human behavior gone awry.” — Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall

“Smolens has written an intelligent, first-rate thriller, as though Sinclair Lewis was fused with Alan Furst.” — Tom Bissell, author of The Father of All Things

About the Author

John Smolens is author of Cold, The Invisible World, Fire Point, and The Anarchist. He received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1984 and is currently head of the MFA program at Northern Michigan University.  His novel The Schoolmaster's Daughter will be published by Pegasus Books in paperback in September, 2012.  You can visit his site at

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Draws you in to early American History. Jan. 20 2012
By CelticWomanFanPiano - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is set during the early days of the Patriot movement in Boston. The Schoolmaster of the Latin School in Boston, which was a prominent school in the town, is loyal to the crown of England. But his children are all involved in the Colonial American Revolutionary movement in some fashion or another. So there is much conflict in the family, some members drink the tea at dinner time while others refuse. Abigail is the Schoolmaster's intelligent and independently minded daughter who also draws a lot of attention from the men in the city, royalist or American. She becomes involved in the movement through her younger brother who is a runner for the movement and eventually she is able to serve as a decoy for the British Colonel at a pivotal time for the Patriots. The author does an incredible job of drawing the reader into the time period and setting. If one has ever been to Boston and taken one of their historical tours so many of the places will be familiar and come alive such as Fanueil Hall. In school one learns about the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, but one doesn't get a feel for what it was like for the residents to live in a city occupied by enemy soldiers. The true value of this book, in my opinion, is that the author really makes the reader feel all the trials and tribulations that the Bostonians went through. I wasn't too terribly fond of the love stories in the book, they happened rather sudden and weren't really all that genuine seeming. And I was rather stunned at the sheer quantity of proofreading errors that I came across. I checked this book out of the library so it wasn't an advance copy or anything like that, but I have received advance copies that had fewer typos and the like than this book did. However, none of that detracts from the overall story which immediately draws one in with the excitement of the Patriot movement from the very beginning.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It was ok Jan. 11 2013
By Debra Bolton - Published on
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While I enjoyed the intimate look at Boston before and during the war, I ultimately didn't find this book very believable. While I enjoyed the story's protagonist, she seemed too liberated and twenty-first century than I found credible. She had the freedom to run around a soldier-occupied town at all hours of the day and night and seemed a little too free and easy with her body (as did the other female characters). I just couldn't get into the story with such a jarring representation of my era set into the time of the Revolutionary War.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Historical Thriller Oct. 15 2011
By Kathleen Greer, Duxbury MA - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the best yet of John Smolen's work, though I loved the Invisible Man. Schoolmaster's Daughter captures a specific time in Boston history that I could barely imagine. Now I have a vivid image of what life may have been like leading up to the Battle of Bunker Hill. Engaging, insightful, and impossible to put down!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a great story Nov. 8 2013
By Isabel Morales Isabel morales - Published on
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This is a great story about The American Revolution in a novel form. I love historical novel and this prove one I enjoyed very much, you have male and females heroes. A family divided, the children are fighting to free Boston of the Red Coats, while their parents are loyalist. A love story too. This could be a great movie too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
18th Century Boston Oct. 14 2013
By Mrs. E. A. Chandler - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially as I know little of the details of this period in American history , it made the times come alive . I especially liked getting the geography of Boston straight in my head though I would have liked a map in the book as I had to look up the details separately . A good read .