Authors Nancy Horan and Therese Fowler will discuss Horan’s recently published book “The House of Lincoln” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 via Zoom.
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Horan’s latest historical novel tells the story from the perspective of a 14-year-old Portuguese immigrant girl who worked in the Lincoln household in Springfield, Illinois, where she observed Lincoln’s evolving ideas on equality and the Union. The new work was published on June 6 and is available both in print and on Kindle.
A “Goodreads” review describes the book as “rich with historical detail.” From her position in the household, Ana, the young protagonist, observes Lincoln’s wife Mary, a troubled figure. She also sees the racial prejudice experienced by a Black friend and learns “how slavery contradicts the promise of freedom in her adopted country.” The author’s focus on Lincoln’s Springfield years provides a glimpse of a lesser-known time in his career.
Horan is acclaimed for two previous historical novels, the best-selling “Loving Frank,” which came out in 2008 and chronicled the relationship of Mamah Borthwick Cheney with famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. For this book, she was awarded the 2009 James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction by the Society of American Historians. Her 2014 novel, “Under the Wide and Starry Sky,” recreated the story of writer Robert Lous Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny.