My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie
Nikki’s Rating: 5 out of 10
Summary: The wife of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Eliza Hamilton suffered greatly due to her husband’s ambition. But she was more than the jilted wife of a public sex-scandal. Eliza, being the daughter of a great revolutionary helped shape and influence America’s independence and the shaping of the Union. This is the tale Eliza’s great love, loss, and legacy.
5 Magnificent Things about Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s My Dear Hamilton
(May Contain Spoilers)
Other than knowing that Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father, I knew nothing else of the man or his life. My Dear Hamilton provides a glimpse into his personal and political life, as well as his many careers.
Another educational piece shown in My Dear Hamilton is that of the political environment of early America. It was interesting to get a feeling of the overall political climate and to see how the Founding Fathers interacted and influenced each other, whether good or bad.
My Dear Hamilton was written as a collaboration between Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, both respectable writers in their own right. Always nice to see authors working together to create a well thought out and researched novel.
4. Female Perspective
While Kamoie and Dray could have easily written this novel through the eyes of Alexander Hamilton, they instead did it from the perspective of his wife, Eliza. This is extremely powerful as women of history have been consistently ignored and excluded from most history books and novels, which is rather ridiculous because as this book shows, women play a huge role throughout history whether up front or behind the scenes.
Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie did meticulous research of letters and other original sources to create the basis of My Dear Hamilton and it shows. This novel is full of rich history and is a wonderful example of historical fiction.