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Courting Mr. Lincoln: a novel

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"Riveting . . . Enticing." -- The Washington Post " Exquisite." -- People "A triumph of a novel." --Bookreporter.com "Rich, fascinating, and romantic." -- Newsday A Washington Post Bestseller * A Indie Next Pick * An Apple Books Best of the Month for April * A People Magazine Best Book of the Week When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one's short list to be president. Mary, a quick, self-possessed debutante with an interest in debates and elections, at first finds this awkward country lawyer an enigma. "I can only hope," she tells his roommate, the handsome, charming Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep." It's not long, though, before she sees the Lincoln that Speed knows: an amiable, profound man with a gentle wit to match his genius, who respects her keen political mind. But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed, who has taught his roommate how to dance, dress, and navigate polite society. Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and inspired by historical events, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic and complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before; a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men; and most of all, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation's most beloved presidents.

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display_description"From the prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes Courting Mr. Lincoln, the page-turning and surprising story of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a young, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln's best friend, Joshua Speed. When sparky and independent Mary Todd arrives in Springfield, Illinois, in the 1840s to live with her sister, who is determined to find Mary a husband, she is astonished to find herself drawn to an awkward, melancholic lawyer with a gift for oratory. The two share ambition, an obsession with politics -- and a need to be suitably married off. Always at Lincoln's side, however, is the charming Joshua Speed, a shopkeeper who became his mentor in society, loyal friend, roommate -- and possible lover. Told in alternating chapters from the points of view of Todd and Speed, this witty, psychologically astute, and brilliantly plotted novel follows the threesome during Todd and Lincoln's tumultuous courtship, with all the suspense and delight of the best Jane Austen novels. Historians have long speculated that Lincoln and Speed had a romantic relationship, and here Bayard explores that forbidden possibility with deep empathy. Rich with both period detail and contemporary insight, Courting Mr. Lincoln offers smart storytelling at the highest level. When sparky and independent Mary Todd arrives in Springfield, Illinois, in the 1840s to live with her sister, who is determined to find Mary a husband, she is astonished to find herself drawn to an awkward, melancholic lawyer with a gift for oratory. The two share ambition, an obsession with politics -- and a need to be suitably married off. Always at Lincoln's side, however, is the charming Joshua Speed, a shopkeeper who became his mentor in society, loyal friend, roommate -- and possible lover. -- adapted from information provided.
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subject_facetBiographical fiction
Courtship -- Fiction
Electronic books
Historical fiction
Large type books
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Fiction
Lincoln, Mary Todd, -- 1818-1882 -- Fiction
Speed, Joshua F. -- (Joshua Fry), -- 1814-1882 -- Fiction
Springfield (Ill.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction
title_displayCourting Mr. Lincoln : a novel
title_fullCourting Mr. Lincoln / by Louis Bayard
Courting Mr. Lincoln : a novel / Louis Bayard
Courting Mr. Lincoln : a novel [electronic resource] / Louis Bayard
Courting Mr. Lincoln A Novel
Courting Mr. Lincoln [electronic resource] / Louis Bayard
title_shortCourting Mr. Lincoln
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Fiction
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History
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Lincoln, Abraham
Lincoln, Mary Todd
Literature
Speed, Joshua F