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Jon Clinch in Person

Join us on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 PM as Jon Clinch talks about his new novel, The General and Julia.

About the Book

Ulysses S. Grant reflects on the crucial moments of his life as a husband, a father, a general, and a president while writing his memoirs and reckoning with his complicated legacy in this epic and intimate work of “superb historical fiction” (Booklist, starred review).

Barely able to walk and rendered mute by the cancer metastasizing in his throat, Ulysses S. Grant is scratching out words, hour after hour, day after day. Desperate to complete his memoirs before his death so his family might have some financial security and he some redemption, Grant journeys back in time.

He had once been the savior of the Union, the general to whom Lee surrendered at Appomattox, a twice-elected president who fought for the civil rights of Black Americans and against the rising Ku Klux Klan, a plain farmer-turned-business magnate who lost everything to a Wall Street swindler, a devoted husband to his wife Julia, and a loving father to four children. In this gorgeously rendered and moving novel, Grant rises from the page in all of his contradictions and foibles, his failures and triumphs.

Moving from blood-stained battlefields to Gilded Age New York, the novel explores how Grant’s own views on race and Reconstruction changed over time. “A graceful, moving narrative” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from historical fiction master Jon Clinch, this evocatively crafted novel breathes fresh life into an American icon.

About the Author

Jon Clinch is the author of the acclaimed novels FinnKings of the EarthThe Thief of AuschwitzBelzoni Dreams of Egypt, and Marley.

A native of upstate New York, he lives with his wife in the Green Mountains of Vermont.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
9 College St
South Hadley, MA 01075
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ISBN: 9781668009789
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria Books - November 14th, 2023

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