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 1.  Hanging Katherine Garrett: A Novel based on the 1737 Trial of a Pequot Woman
Abigail Davis
2003, 5˝x8˝, paper, 234 pp, paperback, Heritage Books
In present-day Minneapolis a graduate student, Karla Palmer, discovers a sermon that was preached at the 1738 hanging of Katherine Garrett, a Pequot Indian woman who was executed for the murder of her bastard child. The baby's body was found in the barn of a Congregationalist minister to whom Katherine was bound as a servant. She pled not guilty at her trial and records show that a huge courtroom scene ensued when the verdict was announced. Karla, smelling a cover-up, follows the obscured paper trail into the past, back to the Pequot War, searching for the identity of the person Katherine accused of the murder, for the name of the father, and for who might have conspired to send an innocent woman to the gallows to be “Hanged up by the Neck between the Heavens & the Earth until She be Dead, Dead, Dead.”
Price: 20.00 USD


 2.  The Prisoners of Niagara, or Errors of Education
Abigail Davis
(1810), 2006, 5˝x8˝, paper, 300 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
The Prisoners of Niagara, originally published in 1810, opens in the final days of the Revolutionary War in British Fort Niagara where the novel’s frisky young hero, Evermont, is confined. The story takes many hilarious turns as Evermont (who bears a close resemblance to Henry Fielding’s famous scamp Tom Jones) emerges as an engaging rascal, rambling between good deeds and mishaps from which he narrowly escapes. Scandalous in its day, The Prisoners of Niagara is unique for the period because of its candor. Very few copies survive because the author, Jesse L. Holman, attempted later in life to buy up and destroy the entire edition as “the morals of the book were not suitable for the minds of young people.” Having written the novel at age twenty-six, Holman later became an Indiana Territorial Legislator, a Territorial, State, and Federal Judge, and a Baptist elder and minister. Abigail Davis gives a masterful literary analysis in the introduction. The book is a picaresque, an historical romance, and a mystery; it employs the captivity tradition, the theme of seduction and abandonment, multiple disguises, forged letters, cross dressing, and deathbed confessions. Evermont charms the reader with his good intentions and profoundly poor judgment when it comes to women; he never meets one he doesn’t like.
Price: 30.50 USD



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