Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me by Peter B. Boody

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Authors pray for a Tweet like this: "Can't sleep! TJ, Rachel & Me has taken over my body & mind like no book before. Will it be a movie? Thanks for this work." — Roma Prindle, July 17, 2012. Thank you Roma, whoever you are. Maybe you're prescient! In August 2013, a major Beverly Hills agency somehow discovered this needle in a haystack and asked the author if the TV/film rights were available. So maybe someday (yes, it's quite the crapshoot) this book will make it to the screen. Why not read it now, before it's famous? Polished and slightly revised in September, 2013 -- in part to reflect the destruction of the big tulip poplar in the angle of Monticello's north pavilion. The story: What if Thomas Jefferson returned to life, penniless, powerless, and without a single slave? What if he meets a beautiful mixed-race woman he takes to be Sally Hemings reborn? What if he lands in a psycho ward or meets the President — at an Independence Day citizenship ceremony at his own hilltop home, Monticello, no less? Selected a favorite book of 2012 by the staff of the Urbana Free Library, made a Critics' Pick by Kirkus Reviews in its May 2012 national print edition and given 5 stars by the on-line San Francisco Book Review in March 2012, “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me” is a tale told by retired history teacher, Jack Arrowsmith, a man numbed by the deaths of his wife and son. It's about his — and his late son's girlfriend, Rachel Carter's — adventures with the writer of the Declaration of Independence. They meet the ghost of Jefferson at Monticello and, fighting off their panic, agree to take him off to see America. A history grad student at Columbia, Rachel knows secrets about Jack’s son and wife that she decides Jack must know. They will turn his world upside down, just as Rachel's world will be changed forever by her evolving relationship with Jefferson. Dazzled by Rachel, Jefferson regains the vigor of his prime as the trio travels together. But what then? For all its fast pace and humor, “Thomas Jefferson, Rachel & Me” is a story about hauntings and history. It's about love and friendship, grief and loss, family secrets, and America’s own denial of its past. This is a story that will stay with you long after its bittersweet finale. Here's a recent comment (January 2012) from a reader completely unknown to the author: "Upon receiving this book as a gift I was told by the presenter that it was one of the better books they had read this year. I couldn't agree more. The story is moving, the characters are well developed and likable, even in their not-so-best moments. The author certainly humanized a pivotal American figure for me, even if it is the author's take on his personality. It serves as a nice reminder that these men and women were human as well, for all our faults and talents. I would definitely recommend this book." Here's what another reader said: "I read your book in three sittings, which surely tells you that I couldn't put it down. After the first chapter, I was hooked and when it ended, I wanted more. Your writing, especially your descriptions, is beautiful. Talk about using words precisely and effectively. I could see Charlottesville and Monticello and wanted to go back (especially to Fleurie, which must be new since my days). I also need to take that evening tour at Monticello. The dialogue was great, believable. Parts made me laugh. Your characters interested me, amazed me, surprised me, made me sad. I was fascinated by how you built the story, how the characters developed, how your imagination worked. I was intrigued by how much real history was there without any sense of a history lesson. And of course the Jefferson questions are irresistible. It was fun to read your book after having just read 'The Hemingses of Monticello' this winter. In short, WOW!!"
 

About Peter B. Boody

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Peter Boody has been a newspaper editor on the East End of Long Island, N.Y. for years. He lives with his wife Barbara and Westie, Stuart Little, in Sag Harbor, N.Y.
 
Published December 16, 2013 by Bartleby, Scrivener & Co.. 330 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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