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by Elizabeth Cobbs

THE HAMILTON AFFAIR by Elizabeth Cobbs

Arcade * September 2016 * 432 pages


• The Broadway sensation ”HAMILTON" has been nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards. There will be sold out shows in New York for a very long time, the show will travel, and Arcade has this great novel to tie in to the story of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton!

• PW and Kirkus have confirmed reviews for THE HAMILTON AFFAIR (new on sale date Aug 2).

• Arcade pub date has been pushed earlier to August 2, 2016

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, THE HAMILTON AFFAIR tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending—his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

Hamilton was a bastard son, raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his education. Along the way he became one of the American Revolution’s most dashing—and unlikely—heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson, Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American Revolution.

She was the well-to-do daughter of one of New York’s most exalted families—feisty, adventurous, and loyal to a fault. When she met Alexander, she fell head over heels. She pursued him despite his illegitimacy, and loved him despite his infidelity. In 1816 (two centuries ago), she shamed Congress into supporting his seven orphaned children. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton started New York’s first orphanage. The only “founding mother” to truly embrace public service, she raised 160 children in addition to her own.

With its flawless writing, brilliantly drawn characters, and epic scope, THE HAMILTON AFFAIR will take its place among the greatest novels of American history.

Elizabeth Cobbs, historian, novelist, and documentary filmmaker, is the author of four books on American history and a winner of the Allan Nevins Prize. Her novel Broken Promises: A Novel of the Civil War won the San Diego Book Award. She holds the Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M. Her first PBS film, "American Umpire," debuts fall 2016.

Current praise (more to come):

"Why did Alexander Hamilton risk everything? Why did Eliza Hamilton stand by him? This complicated couple who did so much for young America spring to life in this entertaining, well-told tale."—Cokie Roberts, author of Ladies of Liberty

"It's been more than 200 years since Alexander Hamilton was as celebrated as he is right now. What a stroke of luck that an actual award-winning historian has come along just now with such a richly detailed and entertaining novel about the most freshly fabulous American Founder."—Kurt Anderson, author of True Believers

Historic scholarship and creative music have suddenly turned Alexander Hamilton into one of the hottest of the nation’s Founding Fathers. THE HAMILTON AFFAIR promises to turn up the heat even further. Elizabeth Cobbs’ superb novel about the many lives and perils of Hamilton and his wife Eliza adds delights and insights that are as fascinating as they are fun. Think of it as a terrific—and must-read—companion to all things Hamilton.

—Jim Lehrer, TV Journalist and bestselling author

"With the expertise of an historian and the intimacy and immediacy of a gifted novelist, Elizabeth Cobbs plunges us into the cauldron of love, war, betrayal, slavery, blackmail, revolution, dueling, and banking in which our nation was brewed—and delivers us into the conflicted heart of one of its most passionate and misunderstood heroes."—Stephen Harrigan, author of the bestselling The Gates of the Alamo and A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

If you want the authoritative biography of Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow is the place to go. If historical fiction is your preference, Elizabeth Cobbs has now written the Hamilton novel that immediately leaps to the top of the list.—Joseph J. Ellis, Author of Founding Brothers