book cover of The Eulogist
Added by 1 of our members

The Eulogist

(2019)
A novel by

 
 
From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family.

Cheated out of their family estate in Northern Ireland after the Napoleonic Wars, the Givens family arrives in America in 1819. But in coming to this new land, they have lost nearly everything. Making their way west they settle in Cincinnati, a burgeoning town on the banks of the mighty Ohio River whose rise, like the Givenses’ own, will be fashioned by the colliding forces of Jacksonian populism, religious evangelism, industrial capitalism, and the struggle for emancipation.

After losing their mother in childbirth and their father to a riverboat headed for New Orleans, James, Olivia, and Erasmus Givens must fend for themselves. Ambitious James eventually marries into a prosperous family, builds a successful business, and rises in Cincinnati society. Taken by the spirit and wanderlust, Erasmus becomes an itinerant preacher, finding passion and heartbreak as he seeks God. Independent-minded Olivia, seemingly destined for spinsterhood, enters into a surprising partnership and marriage with Silas Orpheus, a local doctor who spurns social mores.

When her husband suddenly dies from an infection, Olivia travels to his family home in Kentucky, where she meets his estranged brother and encounters the horrors of slavery firsthand. After abetting the escape of one slave, Olivia is forced to confront the status of a young woman named Tilly, another slave owned by Olivia’s brother-in-law. When her attempt to help Tilly ends in disaster, Olivia tracks down Erasmus, who has begun smuggling runaways across the river—the borderline between freedom and slavery.

As the years pass, this family of immigrants initially indifferent to slavery will actively work for its end—performing courageous, often dangerous, occasionally foolhardy acts of moral rectitude that will reverberate through their lives for generations to come.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"With more twists and turns than the Ohio River, The Eulogist brings us to the source of our nation’s spirit, introducing us to characters we won’t forget, no matter whether we loathe them or love them, culminating on a pitch-perfect note: forgiveness." - Sally Cabot Gunning


Similar books by other authors

thumb
War Lord
(Last Kingdom, book 13)
Bernard Cornwell

Used availability for Terry Gamble's The Eulogist

Hardback Editions

January 2019 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: A Novel
Author(s): Ms Terry Gamble
ISBN: 0-06-283989-6 / 978-0-06-283989-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


March 2019 : USA Library Binding
thumb

Title: The Eulogist (Center Point Premier Fiction (Largeprint))
Author(s): Terry Gamble
ISBN: 1-64358-126-0 / 978-1-64358-126-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

April 2020 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: A Novel
Author(s): Ms Terry Gamble
ISBN: 0-06-283990-X / 978-0-06-283990-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

January 2019 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: A Novel
Author(s): Terry Gamble
ISBN: 1-982607-69-6 / 978-1-982607-69-2
Publisher: HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2019 : Audio CD
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: Library Edition
Author(s): Terry Gamble
ISBN: 1-982607-68-8 / 978-1-982607-68-5
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


January 2019 : MP3 CD
thumb

Title: The Eulogist
Author(s): Terry Gamble
ISBN: 1-982607-70-X / 978-1-982607-70-8
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: A Novel
Author(s): Terry Gamble
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon AU   


January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: A Novel
Author(s): Terry Gamble
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


January 2019 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Eulogist: A Novel
Author(s): Terry Gamble
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Eulogist
Author(s): Terry Gamble
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU