The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset

A Novel

Title Details

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 09/17/2001

ISBN: 9-780-8203-2334-3

List Price: $28.95

The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset

A Novel

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Set in a city as lively and absorbing as the novel's writing, The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset is a comic historical epic with a memorable heroine. The novel, while parodying the style of eighteenth-century novelists such as Henry Fielding and William Thackeray, charts the growth of the beautiful Jenny Dorset as she matures from a headstrong child into a tenacious freedom fighter and leader of the Daughters of Liberty as the Revolutionary War approaches. Henry Hawthorne, an astute and witty family servant, narrates this adventure that follows the rise of and humorous feud between two eccentric low-country plantation families. The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset is an exciting and often hilarious novel that is entertaining reading for anyone who loves a good adventure and alluring characters.

This raucous burlesque is great fun. . . . Capturing a vivid image of the bustling, historic seaport before and during the British occupation, this sweeping saga weaves a tapestry of the Colonial South. It's graced with bawdy hilarity and its characters' frequent contretemps.

Publishers Weekly

Part family saga, part historical novel, part picaresque adventure and all grand burlesque, Jenny Dorset comically mirrors the exuberant, brash spirit of the fledgling America in which it is set.

Orlando Sentinel

Williams' impressive loveable tale . . . is a more enjoyable and descriptive read than it's lengthy title. A refreshing medley of life in the 18th century Charleston, it is seasoned copiously with charming wit, sprightly comedy, and intriguing memorable characters. A truly captivating read, this pleasing narrative is written with a sincere heartfelt timbre and comes alive with animated anecdotes that will evoke chuckling, and searing wit that will leave its mark. . . . Indeed, Williams' noel is a great story-tellers' delight! The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset manifests very engaging humor with every flip of the page. A classic of our day, it will quickly ascend as one of your favorites. Highly recommended.

About the Author/Editor

PHILIP LEE WILLIAMS is the author of eleven books, including The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset and Crossing Wildcat Ridge. His novel A Distant Flame is winner of the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. Williams lives with his family near Athens, Georgia.