There’s nothing better than a good review — unless it happens to be from a fellow writer. To win the respect of someone who knows how much work it is to write a book, and the sweat that goes on behind the scenes, is just about perfection! That’s why we are particularly pleased with this review of The Fairest Portion of the Globe from Roundup, the publication of the Western Writers of America. (And if you like the fiction or non-fiction of the West, I highly recommend you check this group out. The review section of the magazine alone will greatly expand your horizons.)
Conspiracy, revolution, betrayal, adventure. This huge historical novel has it all, with even a little romance included. Set in 1793, the American Revolution would seem to be over, while the French are fighting their own battles. However, the Louisiana Territory, under control of the Spanish, is a bone of contention between all factions.
In a story that pits many of the big names of the day against each other, the reader is treated to a political thriller with a cast of characters that includes Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and his brother George Rogers Clark, James Wilkinson, the highest placed traitor in American history, Thomas Jefferson, botanist Andre Michaux, and, most importantly, Citizen Edmond Genet, who seeks political asylum in America. An incendiary personality, within a short time Genet manages to provoke Great Britain and Spain, weaken the new American government, and nearly cause another war. Basely closely on known facts, you may never look at America’s early years in the same way.
Written by a team of sisters, Mary Clare and Liz Clare, under the name of Frances Hunter, the book is a masterpiece of research and writing. Everyday minutiae abounds. Who knew the French carried such influence in the states that Americans greeted each other with the honorific “citizen”?