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My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie

Published: 2018-04-03
Paperback : 672 pages
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"Not since I read Erik Larson's Dead Wake have I had such an edge-of-my-seat immersion into historical events. [...] No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book."-Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

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"Not since I read Erik Larson's Dead Wake have I had such an edge-of-my-seat immersion into historical events. [...] No study of Alexander Hamilton would be complete without reading this book."-Karen White, New York Times bestselling author

From the
New York Times bestselling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton--a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written novel, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before--not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal--but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

A general's daughter...

Coming of age on the perilous frontier of revolutionary New York, Elizabeth Schuyler champions the fight for independence. And when she meets Alexander Hamilton, Washington's penniless but passionate aide-de-camp, she's captivated by the young officer's charisma and brilliance. They fall in love, despite Hamilton's bastard birth and the uncertainties of war.

A Founding Father's wife...

But the union they create--in their marriage and the new nation--is far from perfect. From glittering inaugural balls to bloody street riots, the Hamiltons are at the center of it all--including the political treachery of America's first sex scandal, which forces Eliza to struggle through heartbreak and betrayal to find forgiveness.

The last surviving light of the Revolution...

When a duel destroys Eliza's hard-won peace, the grieving widow fights her husband's enemies to preserve Alexander's legacy. But long-buried secrets threaten everything Eliza believes about her marriage and her own
legacy. Questioning her tireless devotion to the man and country that have broken her heart, she's left with one last battle--to understand the flawed man she married and imperfect union he could never have created without her...

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Discussion Questions

What do you think of Eliza’s declaration that she was someone before she met Alexander Hamilton? Why do you think she feels it’s important to remember that?

Does seeing Alexander Hamilton through his wife’s eyes make him more relatable as a Founding Father? How so or why not?

The Schuyler family’s motto was Semper Fidelis. Always loyal. How does this play out in the book for Eliza?

What were the most important choices that Eliza made throughout her life and in her marriage? Do you agree with why she made them? Could or should she have chosen differently?

What did you think of the relationship between Eliza, Angelica, and Alexander? What do you make of the open flirtatiousness between Angelica and Alexander? How and why does Eliza’s relationship with Angelica evolve over the course of their lives?

How much was Alexander to blame for the challenges he faced in his political career and attacks launched by his enemies, and how much was he the victim of others’ political machinations?

Eliza argues that the United States is Alexander’s country, and that the country itself is the monument to him that she’d been searching for and wanting. What does she mean by this? Do you agree? Why or why not?

In what ways did Eliza shape Alexander Hamilton’s legacy? In what ways did she shape that of the United States itself?

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by donnacreamer (see profile) 09/29/20

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 04/30/19

It took so long to read this book. I was afraid I would not finish it before the next book club meeting. It never managed to grab my interest. I was reading the chapters just to finish the book. The idea... (read more)

 
by jnp41125 (see profile) 02/20/19

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 11/10/18

Very entertaining!

 
by Plemon (see profile) 08/25/18

This book was a very interesting historical novel! It gives a good understanding of those who formed this new nation at great sacrifice. We owe them a great debt! We now live in the greatest nation in... (read more)

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