The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber
A historical fiction novel based on the events of a woman living in the mid 1800’s, who after her husband runs off and leaves her with a young daughter, decides to set out dressed as a man to earn money and freedom from the gender oppression of the time. Her goal is to make enough money so that she may bring her daughter to live with her and her adventures take her from New York to Pennsylvania, Minnesota and beyond.
I truly enjoyed this book because it gave me a much better idea of the limitations women faced in their daily lives in the mid 1800’s. Some parts of the story I felt were drier than others, but the beginning of the book where she is in Pennsylvania interested me the most, as Lucy spent a good amount of time on the canals and other areas that are not too far from where I live – or at least, places that I can relate to.
The book could be a little repetitive in Lucy’s inner monologue at times, but if you can get past that it is an enjoyable read. The ending was somewhat sad, and I felt badly for the way she was treated by society, but I applaud her for her bravery.