My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is a book of Historical Fiction. It is a period piece written from the perspective of Mrs. Alexander Hamilton. It chronicles her life from being Betsy Schuyler to becoming Eliza Hamilton. Through her life journey the reader gets to view her as a daughter, sister, wife, woman, mother, political person, defender of her family name and widow. Oddly, in the arc of her life she held her last role, widow, the longest. In this book the authors outline a balance between the events of the Revolutionary War and the dynamics of the Founding Fathers mixed in with the personal journey of Mrs. Hamilton. There are many twists and turns that make this read interesting and entertaining. Among them are infidelity, a major illness, family deaths, the hint of homosexuality, and some views on slavery. I have not seen the play Hamilton but in the author’s notes at the end of book they discuss the book and the play both similarities and differences. This book is a long and sometimes slow read so before venturing into it think about how strong the subject appeal is to you.

Available through the Bridges Library System

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