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Benjamin Franklin's Bastard

Sally Cabot

Cabot skillfully reimagines the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his illegitimate son William in her fascinating debut. Born to a poor servant girl, William is raised by Benjamin and his common-law wife, Deborah. As the years pass and William grows into adulthood, the bond between William, a Loyalist, and Benjamin, who supports the colonies' bid for independence, begins to fracture. A poignant tale of family, love, and war, Cabot's novel vividly recreates one of the most remarkable periods of history--the birth of the American nation.