Courting Mr. Lincoln

Courting Mr. Lincoln

Louis Bayard / Jun 17, 2019

Courting Mr Lincoln 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

  • Title: Courting Mr. Lincoln
  • Author: Louis Bayard
  • ISBN: 1616208473
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one s shortlist 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he is on no one s shortlist to be president Rough and reticent, he s a country lawyer lacking money and manners, living above a dry goods shop, but with a gift for oratory Mary, a quick, self possessed debutante with a tireless interest in debates and elections, at first finds him 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 a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for 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 the polite society of Springfield Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, 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 Louis Bayard, a master storyteller at the height of his powers, delivers here a page turning tale of love, longing, and forbidden possibilities Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 352 pages Expected publication April 23rd 2019 by Algonquin Books More Details ISBN 1616208473 ISBN13 9781616208479 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Courting Mr Lincoln by Louis Bayard Release date Apr 23, 2019 If you love Jane Austen, or Hamilton, or fiction of any era that transports and transforms in equal measure, look no further A.J Finn, bestselli If you love Jane Austen, or Hamilton, or fiction of any era that transports and transforms in equal measure, look no further A.J Finn, bestselling authorFrom 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed.When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in the winter of 1840, he s a country lawyer lacking money and manners, and Mary at first finds him 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 a man who, despite his awkwardness, is amiable and profound, with a gentle wit to match his genius and a respect for her keen political mind But as her relationship with Lincoln deepens, she must confront his inseparable friendship with Speed.Told in the alternating voices of Mary Todd and Joshua Speed, and rich with historical detail, 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 47 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 31, 2018 Steve rated it really liked it When I heard that someone was taking on the Mary Todd Abraham Lincoln Joshua Speed triangle as a novel, I wondered how that could possibly work Lincoln famously shared a bed with another man for a time in his life, and many have fought over the significance and implications of this biographical detail The whole subject is fraught with cultural baggage Well, the inimitable Louis Bayard has no surprise pulled off the feat with grace, charm, insight and integrity than I thought possib When I heard that someone was taking on the Mary Todd Abraham Lincoln Joshua Speed triangle as a novel, I wondered how that could possibly work Lincoln famously shared a bed with another man for a time in his life, and many have fought over the significance and implications of this biographical detail The whole subject is fraught with cultural baggage Well, the inimitable Louis Bayard has no surprise pulled off the feat with grace, charm, insight and integrity than I thought possible.The best biographical fictions tend to focus on a chapter of their subject s life, not the whole life, and Bayard wisely employs that strategy here The title is apt this novel focuses on a narrow slice of Lincoln s life story when he is at a certain crossroad whether to marry or not Given his roots in extreme poverty and the callings of his political career, he has arguably little and yet much to offer a wife Enter the eligible young Mary Todd, just arrived on the Springfield scene and blessed with a rare combination of political acumen, charm and refinement.Novels about great historical figures run the risk of chipping away from their subjects inner mystery Fiction is intimate, and it can feel presumptuous and cheap to take on those legends of stone and marble directly As Dickinson wrote, Tell all the truth but tell it slant Bayard wisely keeps Lincoln at a bit of an arm s length here The novel alternates between Mary Todd and Joshua Speed in viewpoint, never Lincoln s The story becomes a tug of war between a life of marriage or a life of bachelor friendship The Mary Todd half of the novel reads a bit like a charming, American version of a Jane Austen novel, appropriately as the setting is just a couple decades after her last novels were published Bayard brings Todd vividly to life, carefully and subtly sewing the seeds of her famous later troubles while painting an altogether different portrait of a determined, intelligent woman in the bloom of youth She sparkles on the page, a delightful heroine My worry is that, accustomed as modern readers are to Austen and Austen pastiche, they may scratch their heads at the Speed half of this story and react to it as a mistaken departure from formula and miss Bayard s accomplishment here Decades and centuries before Stonewall and the modern gay rights movement, what could gay life be What exactly is Speed s attachment to Lincoln and why does he resist his friend s romance with Mary Todd Was intimacy that wasn t sexual never also an expression of love Bayard treads this territory with the greatest care and thoughtfulness, never detracting from Lincoln s dignity as a historical figure That he balances the two stories equally and fits them together so well is a major achievement, and I hope readers will invest the character of Speed with as much sympathy as they lend to Todd, who benefits from a whole mainstream tradition of storytelling that is largely missing or underground for Speed It would be a mistake to see Speed s role in the story as one of villain or to take this as simply an Austen pastiche.Courting Mr Lincoln should be a big draw for book clubs It s accessible and charming with lots to discuss The Springfield setting is expertly drawn, the historical detail is convincing without being show offy, the prose is as crystalline as you d expect from Bayard, the characters both major and minor are lively, the political insights were blended in seamlessly I even felt I gained a bit understanding about the kind of support network that helped groom Obama, that other Illinoisan, for higher office , and the technique of overlapping action told from alternating points of view advanced the story and gives it dimension And what a nifty cover design My thanks to Algonquin for the chance to read this early flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Megan H rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites The queer er Austen novel you didn t realize you were missing your whole life The first Joshua Speed section alone will still be one of my favorite things I read this year come December, I guarantee flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Danielle rated it liked it This was an interesting story, and like all fiction that is about real people, it re introduced me to several important historical figures in a way that allowed me to relate to them better than a non fiction book could It also made me want to look up the characters and see how well their lives in the book fit with the historical record The characters in this book were so close to real life that even some of the dialog came directly from letters that the main characters wrote each other in real This was an interesting story, and like all fiction that is about real people, it re introduced me to several important historical figures in a way that allowed me to relate to them better than a non fiction book could It also made me want to look up the characters and see how well their lives in the book fit with the historical record The characters in this book were so close to real life that even some of the dialog came directly from letters that the main characters wrote each other in real life My understanding of the cover and the title was that there would be a romance in the book between the two male main characters There is some evidence in the historical record to lead some to believe that Lincoln s sexuality was not strictly heterosexual, so I expected a romance between Joshua and Lincoln There absolutely was not It was implied that Joshua Speed wanted to have at least a platonic relationship with Lincoln where they remained bachelors together, but even in his own head he never admitted a wish for romance The story was from the point of view of Joshua and Mary Todd, so we never had any idea what Lincoln actually felt about anything The story as a whole was confusing and unsatisfying because of this seeming disparity.An author s note at the end would have helped me understand better what the author intended, and perhaps there will be one in the final copy I read an ARC Without some statement of intent from the author I will always remain confused by the point of this story flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves library This book was received as an ARC from Algonquin Books in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I was intrigued from the start of the book due to my love for untold behind the scenes stories of iconic historical events and figures such and Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln While reading this I could not help but picture the both of them telling their story to me as if we were having dinner in their living room and we were sharing some This book was received as an ARC from Algonquin Books in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I was intrigued from the start of the book due to my love for untold behind the scenes stories of iconic historical events and figures such and Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln While reading this I could not help but picture the both of them telling their story to me as if we were having dinner in their living room and we were sharing some outlandish stories just to make the night interesting Louis Bayard does a remarkable job in telling the story of how Mary Todd and Abe met and how she was a huge influence on the man he was as our 16th president If you are a lover of historical fiction and want a drama packed love story, I highly recommend this book.We will definitely consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library That is why we give this book 5 stars flag Like see review Dec 30, 2018 Liz rated it really liked it Courting Mr LincolnThis thoroughly enjoyable, Austenesque work of historical fiction captivated me from the start The emotional, if not romantic, triangle of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd and Joshua Speed at the crux of the story kept me wondering about the actual relationship between those two men The author clearly implies a homosexual connection between the two, yet no actual physical act ever takes place, despite the historically accurate description of male bed sharing of that era Bayard b Courting Mr LincolnThis thoroughly enjoyable, Austenesque work of historical fiction captivated me from the start The emotional, if not romantic, triangle of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd and Joshua Speed at the crux of the story kept me wondering about the actual relationship between those two men The author clearly implies a homosexual connection between the two, yet no actual physical act ever takes place, despite the historically accurate description of male bed sharing of that era Bayard brings the three main characters to life based on historic records The writing is lush and lovely I was glad to be reading the book on Kindle, as the rich vocabulary required frequent dictionary lookups Yet the writing flows, the language seeming natural to the upper class, 19th century setting Highly recommended.I received a free ARC of Courting Mr Lincoln from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Genevieve Taylor rated it really liked it This endearing historical novel follows the parallel romances of Lincoln with the two most significant relationships of his life that of his future wife, Mary Todd, but also that of his bosom friend, Joshua Speed Bayard handles the two relationships deftly, treating them with equal sensitivity and depth, though in the end a decision has to be made, and Lincoln s political career requires a wife flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Abby rated it it was amazing I love this book flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Dan rated it it was amazing Wonderful read flag Like see review Dec 26, 2018 Kelli rated it liked it Shelves arcs This was a somewhat interesting take on the period when Lincoln and Mary Todd were courting We are shown what their lives might have been like through the voice of Mary and her rival Joshua Speed.Pros The story in interesting and different for the time period.He does a decent job of getting you into the minds of both sides of this story.I loved the gritty glimpse of what real life was like during that time.Cons I hated the ending It was so very depressing.I also hated Lincoln for pretty much This was a somewhat interesting take on the period when Lincoln and Mary Todd were courting We are shown what their lives might have been like through the voice of Mary and her rival Joshua Speed.Pros The story in interesting and different for the time period.He does a decent job of getting you into the minds of both sides of this story.I loved the gritty glimpse of what real life was like during that time.Cons I hated the ending It was so very depressing.I also hated Lincoln for pretty much the whole book Maybe that was his real personality, though.The relationship between Lincoln and Speed is very vague leaving you wondering most of the time if they are lovers or just friends I feel like the writer wanted you to believe they were lovers but was unwilling to delve into what makes up a romantic relationship between two men I would think there is to it than being stuck in a room together for years flag Like see review 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    Courting Mr Lincoln A Novel by Louis Bayard 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed. Courting Mr Lincoln A Novel 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed. Louis Bayard Courting Mr Lincoln 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. Courting Mr Lincoln Louis Bayard 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed. Courting Mr Lincoln A Novel Hardcover Head House Books Courting Mr Lincoln is a good one as good as storytelling gets A.J Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window In this sparkling tale of strategy and desire, Louis Bayard renders the origin story of the Lincoln Todd marriage with a wit worthy of Jane Austen and the keen political insight of the best presidential biographers. Courting Mr Lincoln Workman Publishing Courting Mr Lincoln is a good one as good as storytelling gets A.J Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window In this sparkling tale of strategy and desire, Louis Bayard renders the origin story of the Lincoln Todd marriage with a wit worthy of Jane Austen and the keen political insight of the best presidential biographers. Courting Mr Lincoln A Novel by Louis Bayard, Hardcover Courting Mr Lincoln is a good one as good as storytelling gets A.J Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window In this sparkling tale of strategy and desire, Louis Bayard renders the origin story of the Lincoln Todd marriage with a wit worthy of Jane Austen and the keen political insight of the best presidential biographers. Courting Mr Lincoln A Novel Kindle edition by Louis Courting Mr Lincoln is a good one as good as storytelling gets A.J Finn, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window In this sparkling tale of strategy and desire, Louis Bayard renders the origin story of the Lincoln Todd marriage with a wit worthy of Jane Austen and the keen political insight of the best presidential biographers. Book giveaway for Courting Mr Lincoln by Louis Bayard Jan A staff writer for Salon, Bayard has written articles and reviews for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Nerve, and Preservation, among others. Summary and reviews of Courting Mr Lincoln by Louis Bayard 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 sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln s best friend, Joshua Speed.

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    1. When I heard that someone was taking on the Mary Todd Abraham Lincoln Joshua Speed triangle as a novel, I wondered how that could possibly work Lincoln famously shared a bed with another man for a time in his life, and many have fought over the significance and implications of this biographical detail The whole subject is fraught with cultural baggage Well, the inimitable Louis Bayard has no surprise pulled off the feat with grace, charm, insight and integrity than I thought possib When I heard [...]


    2. The queer er Austen novel you didn t realize you were missing your whole life The first Joshua Speed section alone will still be one of my favorite things I read this year come December, I guarantee.


    3. This was an interesting story, and like all fiction that is about real people, it re introduced me to several important historical figures in a way that allowed me to relate to them better than a non fiction book could It also made me want to look up the characters and see how well their lives in the book fit with the historical record The characters in this book were so close to real life that even some of the dialog came directly from letters that the main characters wrote each other in real T [...]


    4. This book was received as an ARC from Algonquin Books in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I was intrigued from the start of the book due to my love for untold behind the scenes stories of iconic historical events and figures such and Abe Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln While reading this I could not help but picture the both of them telling their story to me as if we were having dinner in their living room and we were sharing some T [...]


    5. Courting Mr LincolnThis thoroughly enjoyable, Austenesque work of historical fiction captivated me from the start The emotional, if not romantic, triangle of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd and Joshua Speed at the crux of the story kept me wondering about the actual relationship between those two men The author clearly implies a homosexual connection between the two, yet no actual physical act ever takes place, despite the historically accurate description of male bed sharing of that era Bayard b Cou [...]


    6. This endearing historical novel follows the parallel romances of Lincoln with the two most significant relationships of his life that of his future wife, Mary Todd, but also that of his bosom friend, Joshua Speed Bayard handles the two relationships deftly, treating them with equal sensitivity and depth, though in the end a decision has to be made, and Lincoln s political career requires a wife.



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