A “delightful novel..that channels both the bold and hidden voices of history.”
–Caitlin Horrocks, author of The Vexations and Life Among the Terranauts

“Don Zancanella’s gloriously vivid novel is time-travel of the most evocative sort . . . . We struggle alongside Thoreau over the wording of a love letter, worry with Margaret Fuller about the seating arrangements at one of her Conversations, and watch out the window beside Sophia Peabody to see if her strange but intriguing neighbor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, might pass by. Beautifully rendered and wholly engrossing.”
–Thisbe Nissen, author of Our Lady of the Prairie and How Other People Make Love

“This enthralling novel depicts Thoreau and his contemporaries not as the cultural luminaries they became but as young adults whose futures were being shaped by their passions and choices, by their triumphs and losses. . . . Zancanella’s portrait of 1840s New England reveals it to be both wonderfully ordinary and the most interesting place in the world.”
–Elise Blackwell, author of Hunger and The Lower Quarter

“Zancanella brings his characters — who happen to be among the foundational characters of American culture — to vivid and altogether human life.”
–Jon Clinch, author of Finn and Marley