April 21, 2013

Benjamin Franklin's Bastard

cover image of Benjamin Franklin's Bastard
Sally Cabot

Cabot skillfully reimagines the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his illegitimate son William in her fascinating debut. Born to a poor servant girl, William is raised by Benjamin and his common-law wife, Deborah. As the years pass and William grows into adulthood, the bond between William, a Loyalist, and Benjamin, who supports the colonies' bid for independence, begins to fracture. A poignant tale of family, love, and war, Cabot's novel vividly recreates one of the most remarkable periods of history--the birth of the American nation.