Friday, April 11, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Napoleon in America

Napoleon in America 

by Shannon Selin

What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States?  The former French Emperor Napoleon has been imprisoned on a small dark rock in the Atlantic since his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Rescued in a state of near-death by Gulf pirate Jean Laffite, Napoleon lands in New Orleans, where he struggles to regain his health aided by voodoo priestess Marie Laveau.

It is unusual for me to learn about a book when it's publisher is small and Canadian.  However, Shannon Selin's alternate history debut is highly praised by Kirkis Reviews:

      Evocative and immersive, Selin’s debut historical fiction twists
Napoleon’s fate … vigorous, engrossing and remarkably realistic. A
thorough, sweeping novel with seamless transitions from the real to the imagined.

Are Napoleon's intentions as peaceful as he says they are? His brother Joseph pleads with him to settle peacefully in New Jersey. Opponents of the Bourbon regime expect him to reconquer France. French Canadians beg him to seize Canada from Britain. American adventurers urge him to steal Texas from Mexico.  And what of Napoleon's ten-year-old son, trapped in the velvet fetters of the Austrian court?
If you enjoy alternate history or 19th century historical fiction, Napoleon in America is for you. 

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