New & Notable: ‘My Name Is Resolute’

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My Name Is Resolute

by Nancy E. Turner

Thomas Dunne Books, $27.99

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When done well, historical fiction has the power to recreate the grittiness of the past that is too often romanticized and sanitized. In My Name Is Resolute, author Nancy E. Turner, who was born in Dallas, takes readers back to a Colonial America that is fractured, dangerous and oftentimes cruel.

At 608 pages, Turner’s novel is a decades-long journey through the life of Resolute Talbot, a noted weaver and spinner who finds herself drawn into the tensions leading up to the Revolution.

Resolute’s story begins when she’s a young girl and pirates kidnap her and her older siblings, Patience and August. Resolute and Patience are sold into slavery.

But that’s just the beginning of an adventure that sees the young Resolute captured by American Indians and spending time in an orphanage. She also lives through the French and Indian War, rescues slaves and works with the Sons of Liberty.

Turner’s book tour will bring her to Arlington at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Lincoln Square Half Price Books, 770 Road to Six Flags E.; 817-274-5251.

— Jean Marie Brown

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