The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell — William Klaber
Honestly, I don’t know how to begin to explain how much I enjoyed reading this book. It is a fictionalized history of a person who actually lived. Lucy Ann Lobdell was born in the early 1800’s and her story is amazing. Klaber does a great job of mixing fact with how Lucy would have acted.
Lucy was married and had a daughter, Helen. Her husband became abusive so she moved in with her family and he went his own way. Lucy, though, was not a typical woman. She was the type to go hunting and spend a large number of her hours in the woods, wearing men’s clothing. After a while she decided life with her family was not how she wanted to live. She wanted to be able to provide for her daughter, who was still rather young at this point. So she left, as Joseph Lobdell. She cut her hair and started wearing men’s clothing full time. When she found her first employment, no one ever realized she was anyone other than Joseph, a man. Although, she did get in to trouble a few times when people found out who she really was.
The story Klaber weaves is taken from letters, newspapers, and other historical documents. Having been an History Major is college, I find some historical fiction to take too many liberties with their characters and historical events. It is one of the reasons I don’t read Historical Fiction very much anymore, because I know what really happened and find myself disappointed or mad at the author. From what I can tell Klaber did his research. Be advised that there is no way to tell what a person was thinking, but given enough reading about their life and letters they have written, you can come extremely close.
****1/2 (Four 1/2 Stars)