John Brown’s Women (in progress)

Annie Brown at the Kennedy Farm (exhibit at Harpers Ferry)

My novel-in-progress, which I hope to publish by 2021, revolves around three women associated with the abolitionist John Brown: Mary Brown, his stoic, silent wife, who travels into hostile territory to bid her husband a final good-bye; Wealthy Brown, his refined yet progressively minded daughter-in-law, who must stay strong when her husband descends into madness and her home is consumed by flames; and Annie Brown, his tempestuous, willful daughter, who serves as her father’s “watchdog” while he prepares for the raid that will pave the way for civil war. Based on extensive research, including hundreds of family letters, John Brown’s Women is the story of these ordinary yet extraordinary women, who must call upon all their resources when thrust into history.