Boston, a Novel is a saga of four families whose stories bring vibrantly to life the passion and pageant of the city that gave birth to America.
A cast of fictional characters share the stage with the real-life heroes and rascals of Boston, from Puritan saints with a vision of a “City on a Hill” to liberty’s sons raining fire on the English below Dorchester Heights, from globe-girdling China traders to Irish ward bosses conquering the Athens of America street by street.
This is Boston seen at ground level, a rattling tale on cobblestone streets and bustling wharves, the lore of captains and castaways, merchant princes and servants, zealots and dissenters. Their adventures sweep from the wild fens of Lincolnshire to the streets of seventeenth-century London, from the blighted hills of County Cork to battlefields of the American Civil War, from Cape Horn to savage Nootka Sound and Whampoa on the Canton River, and in World War II across the violent Atlantic to Murmansk, Russia.
Boston, a Novel is an intensely human story chronicling the triumphs and tragedies of generations who make Shawmut peninsula their home. Massachusett Indians combating terrifying Abnaki raiders at the site of the future Scollay Square; Quakers executed on Boston Common’s hanging tree; Puritans revelling in the rat pits and brothels of Mount Whoredom. Cudgel boys beating Redcoats black and blue; Irish mothers scrambling for a foothold on Jacob’s Ladder; Broadcloth mobs storming Tremont Temple to smash Abolitionists; African-Americans marching down Beacon Street going to fight and die for freedom.
Brahmin autocrats buttressing the ramparts of State Street; Catholic bullies chasing down Jews on Blue Hill Avenue; yellow buses driving black and white students across a divided city; workers from thirty nations coming together for the Big Dig . . . A monumental cast, real and fictional, shaping the destiny of old and new Boston, itself like a living entity ever changing and re-defining its limits.
Imagining Boston - Part 1 - Quenop's Vision