Blindspot by Jane Kamensky
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BONUS: This edition contains a Blindspot discussion guide.

Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter fleeing his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on the British Empire's far shores—in the city of Boston, lately seized with the spirit of liberty. Eager to begin anew, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a fallen woman from Boston's most prominent family who has disguised herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice. 

Written with wit and exuberance by accomplished historians, Blindspot is an affectionate send-up of the best of eighteenth-century fiction. It celebrates the art of the Enlightenment and the passion of the American Revolution by telling stories of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary time.
 

About Jane Kamensky

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Jane Kamensky teaches history at Brandeis University. She is the author of Governing the Tongue and The Colonial Mosaic.
 
Published December 3, 2008 by Spiegel & Grau. 546 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Faux 18th-century novel tandem-written by American history professors Lepore (Harvard Univ.; New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, 2005, etc.) and Kamensky (Brandeis Univ.; The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America's...

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Publishers Weekly

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Professors Kamensky and Lepore try for playful historical romance, but deliver instead a novel that is, if rich in period detail, also overwrought, predictably plotted and at times embarrassingly p

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The New York Times

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A teasing tale of courtship, art and murder in 18th-century dress.

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Publishers Weekly

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Professors Kamensky and Lepore try for playful historical romance, but deliver instead a novel that is, if rich in period detail, also overwrought, predictably plotted and at times embarrassingly p

Aug 04 2008 | Read Full Review of Blindspot: A Novel

BookPage

Told alternately from Jamie's perspective and through Fanny's letters to a girlhood friend, the book is a combination picaresque and early American novel that's original but historically credible, complete with real news postings and letters, and even characters that are tracings of historical fi...

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San Francisco Chronicle

While the two spar and hide their true identities from each other, their respective private motives lead them to investigate a suspicious death, as well as the idea of citizenship in a world where politics - and the very idea of freedom - are up for debate.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Blindspot is a historical novel, but many of the issues it addresses still feel relevant today.

Dec 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Blindspot: A Novel

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