The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset

A Novel by Philip Lee Williams

A comic epic of a brazen and beautiful heroine set in vibrant Revolutionary War-era Charleston


"This raucous burlesque is great fun. . . . Capturing a vivid image of the bustling, historic seaport before and during the British occupation, this sweeping saga weaves a tapestry of the Colonial South. It's graced with bawdy hilarity and its characters' frequent contretemps."
Publishers Weekly

"Part family saga, part historical novel, part picaresque adventure and all grand burlesque, Jenny Dorset comically mirrors the exuberant, brash spirit of the fledgling America in which it is set."
Orlando Sentinel

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Set in a city as lively and absorbing as the novel's writing, The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset is a comic historical epic with a memorable heroine. The novel, while parodying the style of eighteenth-century novelists such as Henry Fielding and William Thackeray, charts the growth of the beautiful Jenny Dorset as she matures from a headstrong child into a tenacious freedom fighter and leader of the Daughters of Liberty as the Revolutionary War approaches. Henry Hawthorne, an astute and witty family servant, narrates this adventure that follows the rise of and humorous feud between two eccentric low-country plantation families. The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset is an exciting and often hilarious novel that is entertaining reading for anyone who loves a good adventure and alluring characters.
Page count: 494 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9


List price: $28.95

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Philip Lee Williams is the author of fourteen books, including The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset and The Heart of a Distant Forest (both Georgia). His most recent novel is The Campfire Boys. He is a winner of many literary awards and a Georgia Governor’s Award in the Humanities and will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010. He lives with his family in Oconee County, Georgia.