Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Spotlight on Crossing Point by James Glickman

Publisher: Rare Bird Books
Pub. Date: October 17th, 2017
Pages: 448

Genre: Historical Fiction

Based closely on the known historical record, Crossing Point brings to life the American Revolution in all of its bloody detail.

When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is a slave to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army by Samuel Ward, head of one New England's most prominent families. Torn about leaving his beloved June and the other slaves that have become his family, Guy eventually sets out with Samuel Ward and a battalion of men on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec.

The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed. Crossing Point vividly shares a little-known chapter in the national founding, and raises the question of what justice was fought for by the men who faced an uncertain freedom when the last shots were fired.

Praise for Crossing Point

"In his novel Crossing Point, James Glickman does two things that have long needed doing. With style and grace, he recovers in fiction the otherwise invisible role African Americans played during the American war for independence. And he allows us to visualize, more palpably than the documentary record usually permits, the sustained suffering required to achieve a desperate and highly problematic victory."—Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers and most recently The Quartet

"Set in slave-holding Rhode Island with its African echoes, Crossing Point brilliantly recreates the lives of slave and master in the early years of the American Revolution. Glickman brings this period to life with all its suffering and sobering complexity. —Eugenia W. Herbert, author of The Private Franklin and Twilight on the Zambezi

"With the sure hand of an accomplished author, James Glickman gives us a profoundly moving tale of the American Revolution populated by leading luminaries as well as the enslaved. This is historical fiction at its best, an edifying and enjoyable read for the lay reader and the specialist. The history is impeccable and the story truly riveting. —Manisha Sinha, author of the 2016 National Book Award Nominated The Slave's Cause

“Crossing Point is engaging as a work of history, where realistic detail grounds and girds the story; but it’s a work of imaginative grace and vision as well. James Glickman is a gifted writer, and he makes the American war for independence credible -- physically and emotionally real. I don’t think many of us know this war as well as we think, especially the story of black participation. Glickman has provided a genuine service here, imagining our history for us, summoning the warp and woof of daily life in a pressured time. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to come closer to the wellsprings of the American story, our conflicted and fiery origins.” —Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.

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About the Author

James Glickman graduated from Yale University and the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His fiction and non-fiction writings have been published in The Boston Globe, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Berfrois, and many other journals. His first novel, Sounding the Waters, came out in 1996 to wide acclaim. Crossing Point is his second novel. He lives in Massachusetts.
Find more information about James on his website and connect with him on Twitter.

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