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The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew

Denise Heinze

Warwick’s presents
Denise Heinze
in conversation with Elizabeth Cobbs

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 4:00pm PST

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew
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On Thursday, December 9th at 4:00pm PST Warwick's will host Denize Heinze as she discusses the new paperback edition of her book, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew, in conversation with Elizabeth Cobbs. Denise Heinze, a former literature professor and a PhD graduate of Duke University, writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She is the author of a scholarly work on Toni Morrison, and the eco-thriller Sally St. Johns. A descendant of Louisa May Alcott, she lives in North Carolina.

Determined to set the historical record straight, and clear her conscience, Temperance Flowerdew - the wife of Virginia's first two governors - puts quill to paper, recounting the hardships that nearly brought the Jamestown colony to its knees, and the extraordinary sacrifice of her servant girl, Lily.

When she steps aboard the Falcon in 1609, Temperance Flowerdew is not only setting sail from England to the distant shores of America, she's embarking upon a future of opportunity. She doesn't yet know how she will make her mark, but in this new place she can do or be whatever she wants.

Willing as she is to brave this new world, Temperance is utterly ill-equipped to survive the wilderness; all she knows is how to live inside the pages of adventure and philosophy books. Loyally at her side, Lily helps Temperance weather pioneer life. A young woman running from lifelong accusations of witchcraft, Lily finds friendship with Temperance and an acceptance of her psychic gifts. Together, they forge paths within the community: Temperance attempts to advise the makeshift government, while Lily experiences the blossoming of first love.

But as the harsh winter approaches, Lily intuitively senses a darkness creep over the colony and the veneer of civilized life threatens to fall away - negotiations with the Indians grow increasingly hostile and provisions become scarce. Lily struggles to keep food on the table by foraging in the woods and being resourceful. Famine could mean the end of days. It's up to Lily to save them both, but what sacrifice will be enough to survive?

A transporting and evocative story, The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew is a fiercely hopeful novel - a portrait of two intrepid women who choose to live out their dreams of a future more free than the past.

Elizabeth Cobbs is a prize-winning historian, novelist, and documentary filmmaker. She is the author of eight books, including American Umpire and The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers and the New York Times bestseller, The Hamilton Affair. Her most recent book is The Tubman Command, a novel based on the Civil War military service of Harriet Tubman. Cobbs previously served on the State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and jury for the Pulitzer Prize. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Jerusalem Times, and Reuters, and she has produced two historical documentaries for public television. A Stanford Ph.D., Cobbs holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M. In appreciation for her service in unearthing the story of the “Hello Girls,” the U.S. Army Signal Corps Regimental Association awarded her the honorary rank of Brevet Colonel.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781665088138
Availability: Usually Ships From Store in 3-5 Business Days
Published: Blackstone Publishing - October 19th, 2021