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Hard to Die (Paperback) (Andra Watkins)
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You’ve heard the raves about the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, "Hamilton." But what happened to ‘Dear Theodosia,’ the fiery daughter Aaron Burr serenades? On November 1, 2016, National Book Award nominee and New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins releases Hard to Die [Word Hermit Press], an engrossing speculative fiction novel that provides a new take on the uncharted fate of Theodosia Burr Alston, daughter of Alexander Hamilton’s murderer.Theodosia is known to have disappeared at sea on her way to New York and, to this day, her destiny remains a mystery. In Hard to Die, she reappears 150 years later during the early days of the Cold War in New York City. Stuck in an in-between, timeless place called 'Nowhere' – where people whose deaths are unresolved find themselves resurrected under the guidance of a 'Nowhere' steward – Theodosia is presented with an assignment: she must help a living soul navigate a life-changing crossroad. If she fails in her assignment, she is to be doomed to a fate worse than death – erased from history’s timeline, forgotten forever.Meanwhile, a young man named Richard Cox thought he could walk away from life as a spy in post-WWII Germany and begin again as a West Point cadet. He was wrong. His former commander, George, finds him, and presents him with an impossible ultimatum: remain a spy… or die.In a darkened train station, Theodosia and Richard collide and become immersed in a world where no one is as they appear. As they fight their attraction to each other, they must learn to trust each other – or become pawns for a bigger foe determined to see them fail.A pioneer of the emerging speculative fiction genre, with Hard to Die, Watkins combines elements of history, the paranormal, and suspense, breathing fresh air into the story of Theodosia Alston Burr while also bringing closure to her life.“Theodosia was on a trajectory to become one of America’s earliest feminists before her life was cut short,” says Watkins. “Because she was the daughter of a disgraced American politician and she died before she could fulfill her early promise, she has largely been forgotten by history.” “Hard to Die lets her speak her story in a different way,” Watkins continues, “transporting her to a new era so she might satisfy, if only in our imaginations, the promise of her unfulfilled life.” Action-packed, deeply original, and sweeping in scope, Hard to Die is a novel that will appeal to fans of Hamilton: The Musical, history buffs, feminists, and lovers of great storytelling alike – and cements Watkins’ status as a force to be reckoned with in the contemporary fiction arena.