From the widow and collaborator of Alex Haley, award-winning author of Roots, comes a new American epic from the Civil War. The Treason of Mary Louvestre is based on the true story of a seamstress slave from the Confederate town of Norfolk, Virginia. When her owner gets involved with modifications to the ironclad CSS Virginia, Mary copies the plans and sets out to commit treason against the South. Facing certain death as a spy if caught, she treks two hundred miles during the bitter winter of 1862 to reach the office of Union Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, where she hands over the plans. Mary's act of bravery is ably told by Haley, using a rich narrative and characters drawn from that pinnacle era of American history. First there was Roots, now there is The Treason of Mary Louvestre.
The Treason of Mary Louvestre
By My Haley
I truly enjoy a good historical novel and My Haley did not disappoint. While I have not read many novels from this era I found that it was very well written, and well thought out. The characters were believable and the story played out very well. I enjoyed the authors ability to paint a picture and run with it – making you feel like you were there. The story was filled detailed accounts with wonderful flow that kept you turning to the next page. I look forward to reading more not only from this era, but from My Haley as well.
Growing up under her grandmother's watchful, wise tutelage, My Lewis Haley spent her early childhood in South Charleston, West Virginia before her parents moved the family to Columbus, Ohio.
While working on her doctorate in Communications and African American Studies at The Ohio State University, My was inspired by a speech delivered on campus by author Alex Haley. After achieving her goal of earning a PhD, she set out on her next goal: to work with the renowned author.
Impressed by My's drive and talent, Alex Haley gave her a major assignment--to assist him in writing the remaining two-thirds of a book that was long overdue to his publisher. Within a matter of months together they completed the work and that book, Roots: The Saga of An American Family, catapulted Alex Haley to international fame. My and Alex married in 1977, and over the years collaborated on many projects, including the miniseries Roots: The Next Generation. After Alex's death, My Haley immersed herself in writing pieces based upon her growing up with her grandmother, other novels, and many screenplays for feature film and TV.
With this boo, My has returned to her own roots as an author. First, ROOTS, now The Treason of Mary Louvestre, coming in 2013.
This novel is just the first of numerous books and projects she's readying for launch. It is an historical novel inspired by the little known but true story of a black woman spy during the Civil War, whose courageous actions led to a northern victory in the important naval battle at Hampton Roads, VA in 1862.
This story of Civil War bravery is a tale of one person's great courage and represents the finest of the American daring do; outstanding is an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.
My lives with her partner in Las Vegas where she writes, explores natural health solutions, enjoys cooking and searching out organic foods. She has fun with her extended family in Arizona whenever possible. She also devotes time to developing future projects including an online magazine, a video game, a line of fashionable kufis, children's books, and cookbooks-all while writing new novels.