Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln

Imaginative. I can picture the glee that Stephen L. Carter must have felt when he embarked on his latest novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. What if Vice President Andrew Johnson had been assassinated instead of Lincoln? Carter answers that question with creativity and heightened imagination in this novel, informed by his knowledge of what actually happened during that time. Instead of making Lincoln the protagonist of the novel, Carter creates an intriguing character, a recent Oberlin graduate, Abigail Canner, who wants to read for the law in Washington, D.C. The plot and many subplots and large cast of characters require an intelligent reader to remain alert throughout the novel, which I found to be a special treat. Readers who like speculative historical fiction, especially set in this period, are those most likely to enjoy this novel. Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended) Click here to purchase The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln from amazon.com.

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