Historical Fiction: My Dear Hamilton, by Stephanie Dray and Laurie Kamoie

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Having recently watched the video “Hamilton” on TV, I found various scenes rather confusing. The last time I read anything about Alexander H. I was in 8th grade. As a result, I decided read up on him before attempting to watch the musical again, and downloaded the audio version of Stephanie Dray’s My Dear Hamilton. Based upon Eliza Hamilton’s own letters, this book is a fictionalized narrative, related by Eliza, of her experiences as Mrs. Hamilton.

Part romance, part autobiography, and part eyewitness to history, the amount of detail in in My Dear Hamilton is nothing short of astounding. And therein lies the problem. While many sections were fascinating, others were melodramatic and repetitive. The book in print runs to nearly 700 pages, the audio version to 24 hours. I gave up listening at 18 hours, after Hamilton’s death, no longer able to persevere. Though I remain curious to learn about Eliza’s life as a widow, I’ll look it up online. Then I’ll give the musical another go, with song lyrics in hand.

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