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Benjamin Franklin's Bastard - A Novel

Sally Cabot

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An absorbing and compelling work of literary historical fiction, set in colonial Philadelphia, that brings to life a little-known chapter of the American Revolution-the story of Benjamin Franklin and his bastard son, and the women who loved them Sixteen-year-old Anne is an uneducated serving girl at the Penny Pot tavern when she first meets the commanding Benjamin Franklin. The time she spends with the brilliant young printer teases her curious mind, and the money he provides keeps her family from starving. But the ambitious Franklin is committed to someone else, a proper but infatuated woman named Deborah Read who becomes his common-law wife. At least Anne has William, her cherished infant son, to remind her of his father and to soften some of life's bleakness. But growing up a bastard amid the squalor of Eades Alley isn't the life Anne wants for her only son. Acutely aware of the challenges facing them, she makes a heartbreaking sacrifice. She will give up William forever, allowing Benjamin and Deborah Franklin to raise him as their own. Though she cannot be with him, Anne secretly watches out for her beloved child, daring to be close to him without revealing the truth about herself or his birth, and standing guard as Deborah Franklin struggles to accept her husband's bastard son as her own. As the years pass, the bustling colonies grow and prosper, offering opportunities for wealth and power for a talented man like William's father. Benjamin's growing fame and connections as a scientist, writer, philosopher, businessman, and political genius open doors for the astute William as well, and eventually King George III appoints Benjamin's bastard son to the new position of Royal Governor of New Jersey. Anne's fortunes also rise. A shrewd woman of many talents, she builds a comfortable life of her own-yet nothing fills her with more joy or pride than her son's success and happiness. But all that her accomplished son has achieved is threatened when the colonies-led by influential men, including his own father-be

Language:

English

Narrators:

David Colacci

Length:

12h 25m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:05


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:04


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:29


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

14:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

18:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

18:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:57


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:51


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

12:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

14:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

17:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

12:03


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:17


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

17:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

00:52