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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (562 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kamensky, Jill Lepore Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, John Lee Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in boisterous Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Blindspot is at once fiction and history, mystery and love story, tragedy and farce. Peopled not only with the celebrated Sons of Liberty but also with revolutionary Boston’s unsung inhabitants, it tells the story of Scottish painter Stewart Jameson and his spirited apprentice, Fanny Easton, a fallen woman who has disguised herself as a boy, Francis Weston.

When Boston’s revolutionary leader, Samuel Bradstreet, dies suddenly on the day Jameson was to paint his portrait, Bradstreet’s slaves are accused of murder. Jameson, Weston, and the brilliant doctor Ignatius Alexander set out to determine the truth. What they discover turns topsy-turvy everything you thought you knew about the Founding Fathers.

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  • “An erudite and entertaining recreation of colonial America on the brink of the
    Revolution.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A lusty romance, a murder mystery, and a bit of Americana, all rolled into one big, fat historical romp. Lepore and Kamensky have recreated a fascinating world and brought history hotly alive.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Thrilling, salty, swashbuckling...this inspired page-turner will have readers pondering who will play the leads in the movie.”

    Star-Ledger

  • “John Lee and Cassandra Campbell are delightful in this witty historical novel, chock full of well-researched and amusing tidbits of life in eighteenth-century Boston…Lee has Jamie’s raffish attitude and moral dilemma down pat, and Campbell nicely captures Fanny’s predicament as she struggles to remember that she’s a boy. Authors Kamensky and Lepore, both historians, offer clever conversations and situations involving politics, growing unrest in the Colonies, slavery, women’s rights, romance, and even murder. Lee and Campbell keep things light and entertaining.”

    AudioFile

  • “If you ever thought of the eighteenth century as stuffy, you were wrong. Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore have brought the era to life with their first collaborative novel, Blindspot. Through their engaging tale, we’re treated to a brand-new vision of life and literature in the years leading up to the American Revolution…The book is a combination picaresque and early American novel that’s original but historically credible, complete with real news postings and letters, and even characters that are tracings of historical figures. The result is so authentic the book seems to breathe. Blindspot is full of beautiful narrative and wonderfully quotable lines…But make no mistake: it also has plenty of, er, action.”

    Bookpage

  • Selected for the December 2008 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Colin | 2/19/2014

    " A truly one-of-a-kind historical fiction piece set in Boston not long before the Revolution; this is a book to be savoured for its play with and use of the English language - it may not be 100% genuine 18th century prose, but reads so near to it as to make no difference. The story itself is enthralling and well-told. Read it. Really. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 2/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this historical fiction about pre-Revolutionary War America. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, and I enjoyed the unraveling of the mystery. I only wish there hadn't been such a preponderance of unnecessary sex. For that reason, I'm not sure I can recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rose | 2/4/2014

    " seems to be an enjoyable historical novel set in colonial Boston with colonists caught up in becoming free while ignoring enslaved among them "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joette | 2/1/2014

    " I started reading this when I was in Boston, and even though it's set in Boston, I never cared about the characters. I gave it about 50 pages and stopped. Instead I read Shakespeare by Bill Bryson and really enjoyed it. "

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About the Author

Jane Kamensky is a professor of American history and chair of the History Department at Brandeis University. She is the author of The Exchange Artist and Governing the Tongue, among other books. Her scholarship has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is currently writing a biography of the eighteenth-century American portrait painter, Gilbert Stuart. She lives in Cambridge,Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.