The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell (Hardcover)
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This book is based on the real Lucy Ann Lobdell and her letters and diaries. She always planned to write a book about herself, but she was too busy crashing through all sorts of expectations and social norms. She pretty much shook the world around her and did whatever she wanted, with mixed but very interesting results. There is still a mystique to Lucy Ann (and all the other names she had over her life) that makes this book wonderfully juicy." ~ Jackie
At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women, Lucy Lobdell boldly set forth to earn men's wages. Lucy Lobdell did all of these things in a personal quest to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted, and love whomever she cared to. But to gain those freedoms she had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be invented. In this riveting historical novel set in upstate New York in the 19th century, William Klaber captures the life of a brave woman who saw well beyond her era.
"The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell" is the fictionalized account of Lucy's foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity. It is her promised memoir as hear and recorded a century later by William Klaber, an upstream neighbor. Meticulously researched and told with compassion and respect, this is historical fiction at its best.
About the Author
WILLIAM KLABER is a part-time journalist. He lives in upstate New York on a hill overlooking Basket Creek, a short way upstream from where Lucy Lobdell lived 160 years ago.