Book Review: The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

Posted February 25, 2015 by love2dazzle in Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William KlaberThe Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber
Published by St. Martin's Press on February 17th 2015
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Lesbian
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: St. Martin's Press
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At a time when women did not commonly travel unescorted, carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women, Lucy Lobdell boldly set forth to earn men's wages. Lucy Lobdell did all of these things in a personal quest to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted, and love whomever she cared to. But to gain those freedoms she had to endure public scorn and wrestle with a sexual identity whose vocabulary had yet to be invented. In this riveting historical novel, William Klaber captures the life of a brave woman who saw well beyond her era. The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell is the fictionalized account of Lucy's foray into the world of men and her inward journey to a new sexual identity. It is her promised memoir as hear and recorded a century later by William Klaber, an upstream neighbor. Meticulously researched and told with compassion and respect, this is historical fiction at its best.

William Klaber ended up with Lucy Ann Lobdell’s story in a very odd way. A researcher named Jack Niflot was researching about Lucy because he was planning on writing a book about her. Well Niflot called Klaber asking to meet him for lunch and starting there Niflot decided to present him with all his research. Niflot also proceeded to tell Klaber the tell of how people believe that the house Klaber bought was haunted by the ghost of Lucy Ann Lobdell. Niflot told Klaber that he was planning on writing a book about Lucy Ann Lobdell but he was no longer up to writing that book, so he decided that Klaber may be a good option to write the story. From there this book was born.

“The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell” by William Klaber is about a women that makes her way through life as a man. Lucy Ann was left by her husband when she was pregnant leaving her penniless. When Lucy Ann moved back in with her parents, she decided that she was going to try to discover mens work for herself. Lucy began to like living as a man. She realized that she had a whole lot more freedom. Even when Lucy eventually was found out that she was a woman, she refused to act like a woman again. She would only dress in mens clothes and she did not want to do woman’s work.

The hard thing with this story was that it was written in first person. I think that this hindered a lot that could have been better. There were a lot of descriptions that were a little odd because it was being told in first person. The story was very slow. I had a hard time trying to really get into it. I found myself becoming bored. I feel like this book majorly focused on a love that I didn’t want to read about. This became another book in my did not finish pile.

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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