She is going to be the most eloquent speaker during the American Civil War!

Anna Dickinson, who is eighteen years old, is well aware that she is not similar to the other ladies in her immediate environment. The petite curlyhead, who was endowed with a loud voice, a razor-sharp wit, and unlimited energy, strives to outdo the men of her day as she campaigns against slavery and for women’s rights. The insidious love she harbours for her faithful friend, Julia, and a bullet from an assassin are the only two things that have the potential to bring about her demise.

Julia Pennington is put in the position where she must fight off her developing attraction to the ever more famous star while being forced to follow the fiery young orator on her speaking tour of New England. Julia is forced to put her own life in danger in order to protect Anna from a traitor who plans to kill her.

That Dickinson Girl tells the story of one woman’s rise to fame and fortune at the expense of love during the political and social upheaval of the American Civil War. The story is loosely based on the life of Anna Dickinson, a forgotten orator, feminist, and lesbian. Dickinson was a lesbian. That Dickinson Girl tells the story.

Book Details

  • Title: That Dickinson Girl
  • Author: Joan Koster
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Publication Date: 15 November 2022
  • Number of Pages: 341

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One thought on “Featured Book: “That Dickinson Girl” by Joan Koster”
  1. I hope Julia and Anna found at least a tiny space to be happy… Is she related to Emily Dickinson or is that just one weird coincidence?
    Anna seems like an inspiring historical figure, and I’m surprised we don’t hear more of her. Great recommendation!