The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

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There are only two basic plots in fiction, writers occasionally say: “Somebody goes on a journey” and, the other side of the coin, “A stranger comes to town.” Brilliantly, William Klaber has managed to combine them.
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At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women, Lucy Lobdell boldly set forth to earn men's wages. Lucy Lobdell did all of these things in a personal quest to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted, and love whomever she cared to. But to gain those freedoms she had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be invented. In this riveting historical novel set in upstate New York in the 19th century, William Klaber captures the life of a brave woman who saw well beyond her era.

The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell is the fictionalized account of Lucy's foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity. It is her promised memoir as hear and recorded a century later by William Klaber, an upstream neighbor. Meticulously researched and told with compassion and respect, this is historical fiction at its best.

 

About William Klaber

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William Klaber is a part-time journalist. He lives in upstate New York on a hill overlooking Basket Creek, a short way upstream from where Lucy Lobdell lived 160 years ago. The farmhouse he bought with his wife, Jean, in 1980 had a history with Lucy's legend, but he didn't know that till years later when he sat down for breakfast with a longtime local historian who told him Lucy's story and showed him a leather satchel filled with recollections, newspaper articles, and letters about her, gathered over the years. In this collection was a copy of a self-written account of Lucy's early life that the historian had found in an unmarked box in a library basement. Despite his continued searching, the historian never found the memoir that Lucy had promised to write. Explaining that he had always thought to write a book of his own about Lucy but no longer felt up to it, the historian then handed the satchel to the author.
 
Published February 17, 2015 by St. Martin's Press. 308 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Apr 02 2013

A well-crafted “memoir” of an unforgettable person, with plenty of questions about freedom, love and responsibility.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by MAX BYRD on Mar 13 2015

There are only two basic plots in fiction, writers occasionally say: “Somebody goes on a journey” and, the other side of the coin, “A stranger comes to town.” Brilliantly, William Klaber has managed to combine them.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Joan M. Burda on Jun 18 2013

I question the author’s decision to leave out the last 32 years of Lucy Ann Lobdell’s life. How her life ended is important. The author provided tidbits of information that left me wondering what I was missing.

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