|Pages/Publication Date:||352 / 2019|
When Mary Todd meets Abraham Lincoln in Springfield in 1840, he is no one's pick for president—a country lawyer, lacking money and manners, whose gift for oratory surprises those who meet him. She finds him an enigma; "I can only hope," she tells his handsome roommate Joshua Speed, "that his waters being so very still, they also run deep." It's not long before she sees the profound Lincoln that Speed knows, though she soon will have to confront their inseparable friendship. In their alternating voices, Louis Bayard sees Lincoln anew through the eyes of those who loved him best.
"Bayard's … meticulous, almost otherworldly, understanding of his historical subject awes and inspires…. He offers more reasons to love one of the most admired presidents in U.S. history."—Shelf Awareness