Waiting for the Queen (Paperback)

A Novel of Early America

By Joanna Higgins

Milkweed Editions, 9781571317032, 256pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/20/2013)
Prebound (9/8/2015)

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A surprising friendship develops between two very different young women when they unite to free a family of slaves in this adventuresome tale of true nobility set amidst the rugged 18th-century Pennsylvania wilderness. Fifteen-year-old Eugenie and her family barely escape the brewing Revolution in France with their lives. Along with several other noble families, they sail to America, where French Azilum is being carved out of the wilderness of Pennsylvania. Hannah Kimbrell is a young Quaker who has been chosen to help prepare Azilum for the aristocrats. In this wild place away from home, Eugenie and Hannah, at first enemies, find they have more in common than they first realized. With much to learn from each other, the girls unite to free several slaves from their tyrannical French owner, a dangerous scheme that requires personal sacrifice in exchange for the slaves' freedom.

About the Author

Joanna Higgins is the author of two novels. She received her Ph.D from SUNY-Binghamton, where she studied under John Gardner. She divides her time between upstate New York and northeastern Pennsylvania.