Novel mixes drama with historical record

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

SOUTHBRIDGE — Local readers and history buffs made their way to the library this week for a talk and signing by the author of recently released novel, “Crossing Point.”

On Thursday evening, James Glickman, a resident of Sturbridge, shared with patrons of the Jacob Edwards Library the story of his latest book, published just a couple months ago. Copies of the book were available for purchase and signing at the library, with light refreshments served to the small crowd that gathered together for Glickman’s presentation.

According to the author, “Crossing Point” is based closely on the known historical record of the American Revolution, “in all of its bloody detail.” As the Revolutionary War begins, a Rhode Island family’s slave, Guy Watson, finds himself engaged in service for the Continental Army by Samuel Ward, head of one of New England’s most prominent families. Guy leaves behind his beloved June, and other slaves that have become his family, as his battalion sets out on a treacherous, and legendary, trek to Quebec. The two men experience the inevitable toll the brutality of war takes, and it changes them forever. Upon their eventual return home, they come to realize the cost of war not just for those in battle, but also for those who stayed.

In its review, The Wall Street Journal said of the novel: “Crossing Point, a meaty and satisfying novel by James Glickman, works this magic with the Revolutionary War, unspooling a story with more setbacks than triumphs and thrillingly conveying what a doubtful thing — both militarily and morally — American independence really was.”

A copy of the book is available for borrowing at the Jacob Edwards Library.

Glickman, a graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, teaches at the Community College of Rhode Island, where he was a 2014 recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Teaching from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. He is also the author of a political novel, “Sounding The Waters,” as well as numerous other fiction and nonfiction writings that have appeared in The Boston GlobeRedbookLadies Home JournalBerfois, and many other journals.

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