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The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

by William Klaber

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  • Lea Ann M. (Seattle, WA)
    Thank you, Lucy Ann Lobdell
    What courage it takes to go against public sentiment and Lucy had courage in spades! I finished this book in the middle of the night and didn't begrudge the loss of sleep at all. Lucy is due thanks not only from members of today's Gay community, but from all of us women of the 21st century. She gave up family, home, security....all of the things most of us take for granted to follow her heart and inner soul and those who followed her are freer for the efforts of women such as she. How difficult to give up parents, siblings, daughter, first love. And then to give up her freedom to protect her "wife" from abuse. Mr. Klaber used well the research of Jack Niflot as well as his own to tell Lucy's story. And tell it he does in well constructed prose that makes the tale come alive for his readers. I encourage women and men to read this story and to not be touched by it. Thank you, Mr. Klaber for bringing Lucy's story to light.
  • Laurie F. (Brookline, MA)
    An Absorbing Tale of Lucy/Joseph
    An amazing story of Lucy who at first disguises herself as a man (Joseph) to have the earning power and status to support her only child. As the story progresses she identifies and becomes the man she only thought to mimic. As she travels through the unexplored territories of eastern United States in the mid-1800's, she also explores herself and her sexuality as a naturally born woman who falls in love with other women. A fascinating story of the ignorance, prejudice, and the abuse she encounters until the very end.
  • Helen M. (Petaluma, CA)
    Very good books of a historical fiction bent open windows to certain times and places. The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell lets us enter a time and place I had not before experienced. It was a fascinating read. Unbelievable courage displayed by so many characters. Amazing grace and compassion. If you enjoy traveling back in time and learning of that time, this book is for you. I think it is historical fiction as it should be.
  • Pam L. (Melbourne Beach, FL)
    The Female Hunter
    This novel is so rich, a tapestry of life, love, death, sadness and bitter disappointment. William Klaber gives the reader an unexpected, unique, adventure tale in his novel The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell. Lucy's story is packed with history, survival, political and moral issues, and unforgettable characters and places. I couldn't wait to pick this book up and hear what 'Lucy' was doing next. Klaber's use of Lucy's voice telling her story was so believable and every well placed detail added so much to this wonderful book. Just a great story.
  • Eileen F. (Green Valley, AZ)
    Klaber does an excellent job of portraying Lucy/Jo, in her struggle in the role as a female in the 1850's. The narrative was very engaging in the male dominance of the religious, social, and legal environment of the time. I probably would rather have read the afterword of the book as a preface to the story. As Nancy posted, I would enjoy discussing this book in a book group.
  • Sally G. (Saint Johns, FL)
    Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell
    What an interesting book. I am descended by grandparents of the Dakotas in the 1850s As a result I am interested in all the stories of these brave people. Although the book is fiction, it is based on a real women's life although she preferred to be not Lucy but Joseph.

    As Lucy becomes the victim as a women she reaches out to rid herself of that victim and becomes a man in dress and demeanor. She may then support herself and make a life outside of a marriage. This is the story of that freedom she strives to attain.
  • Doris K. (Angora, MN)
    The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell
    This book is an example of well written and fascinating historical fiction, my favorite. Although Lucy Ann's life doesn't always work out the way the reader would prefer, the author is true to the limited information he had on the life of this woman.

    The story is told in the first person and done very well. As I read I felt as though Lucy was there telling me her story.

    This book would make a good book club choice. There are many areas to discuss as Lucy had to make many decisions about how to live her life. Which ones were correct or best for her would make interesting discussions of the book.

    I recommend this to all who enjoy historical fiction.


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