December 2008 Indie Next List
“In a masterpiece of teamwork, Kamensky and Lepore, both history professors, have brought alive pre-Revolutionary Boston in the most charming way imaginable by telling the story of an exiled Scottish portraitist and his surprising apprentice. Blindspot kept me guessing (and laughing) from beginning to end -- it is the most entertaining historical novel I've ever read.”
— Jake Hallman, A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter fleeing his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on the British Empire's far shores—in the city of Boston, lately seized with the spirit of liberty. Eager to begin anew, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a fallen woman from Boston's most prominent family who has disguised herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice.
Written with wit and exuberance by accomplished historians, Blindspot is an affectionate send-up of the best of eighteenth-century fiction. It celebrates the art of the Enlightenment and the passion of the American Revolution by telling stories of ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary time.
About the Author
Jane Kamensky earned her B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University, where she teaches courses in colonial American history, women's and family history, and the writing of history that have been recognized with a university-wide award for excellence in teaching. Her books, among others, include THE EXCHANGE ARTIST: A TALE OF HIGH-FLYING SPECULATION AND AMERICA'S FIRST BANKING COLLAPSE (2008), a finalist for the 2009 George Washington Book Prize; and THE COLONIAL MOSAIC: AMERICAN WOMEN, 1600-1760 (1995). She is co-editor of THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (2012) and the co-author of the historical novel BLINDSPOT (2008), a New York Times editor's choice and Boston Globe bestseller. Jane has served on the editorial boards of several journals as well as on the Council of the American Antiquarian Society and the Executive Board of the Organization of American Historians. She has appeared on such media outlets as PBS, CSPAN, the History Channel, and NPR, and has won numerous major grants and fellowships to support her scholarship. Her next book, COPLEY: A LIFE IN COLOR, will be published by W. W. Norton.
Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper 41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"A lusty romance, a murder mystery and a bit of Americana, all rolled into one big, fat historical romp . . . Lepore and Kamensky have re-created a fascinating world and brought history hotly alive."—San Francisco Chronicle
"An erudite and entertaining re-creation of colonial America on the brink of the Revolution."—New York Times Book Review
"Both frisky and learned . . . a treat."—Washington Post
"A rip-roaring yarn, a real romp . . . It's fantastic—the romance novel of your dreams."—Newsday
"A droll, edifying novel . . . Not since John Barth . . . has anyone rendered colonial America in such exquisite satirical strokes. Blindspot succeeds as raw entertainment; better, it soars as cunning academic revisionism."—Chicago Tribune
"A very smart book . . . [Blindspot] captures Colonial America's wit and vulgarity, its sensibility, sensuality and snobbery."—San Diego Union-Tribune