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Lake Pontchartrain: A Novel of Love and Betrayal

Thomas Grant

"He came for me," she said. "All that way on horseback. To Lake Pontchartrain."

 

With these words, whispered from the lips of a frail old woman, begins a search for their meaning that leads to a tale of passion, honor and loss that opens in the Reconstruction South and ends only with a final truth revealed in the years following World War Two.

Set largely in the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina, Lake Pontchartrain: A Novel of Love and Betrayal blends memoir with historical fiction to reveal the lives and times of its three principle characters: Eleanor Maitland Forrester, who lived through Civil War and Reconstruction and a life-changing personal tragedy; John Deloach, the man she loves in defiance of social convention; and her companion and former slave, Deecee. Their stories are entwined with that of the narrator himself, who through their lives gains insight into his own.

The novel is a love story, a mystery and a compelling account of a cataclysmic time in American history. It is also a personal memoir of the narrator's journey to enlightenment and along the way has something to say about love-both romantic and familial-loyalty, patriotism, war and, finally, honor, an idea far more complex in this story than as a rubric in the Boy Scout oath.

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ABOUT THOMAS GRANT


Thomas Grant was born in Washington, DC; grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina; earned a BA in English from Princeton University, and lived for many years on New York City's Upper West Side. Since 2004, he has resided in the coastal city of Dalian, in Chinese Manchuria, where he is co-founder and CEO of the Manhattan American School of English. In winter, he can often be found in Wenchang, on Hainan Island ("the Hawaii of China") in the South China Sea. He has written for The New York Times, Our World travel magazine, The Charlotte News, Copley News Service and The Princeton Tiger. Lake Pontchartrain: A Novel of Love and Betrayal is his first novel.