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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Ilyon Woo's The Great Divorce is the dramatic, richly textured story of one of nineteenth-century America's most infamous divorce cases, in which a young mother single-handedly challenged her country's notions of women's rights, family, and marriage itself. In 1814, Eunice Chapman came home to discover that her three children had been carried off by her estranged husband. He had taken them, she learned, to live among a celibate, religious people known as the Shakers. Defying all expectations, this famously petite and lovely woman mounted an an epic campaign against her husband, the Shakers, and the law. In its confrontation of some of the nation's most fundamental debates--religious freedom, feminine virtue, the sanctity of marriage--her case struck a nerve with an uncertain new republic. And its culmination--in a stunning legislative decision and a terrifying mob attack-- sent shockwaves through the Shaker community and the nation beyond. With a novelist's eye and a historian's perspective, Woo delivers the first full account of Eunice Chapman's remarkable struggle. A moving story about the power of a mother's love, The Great Divorce is also a memorable portrait of a rousing challenge to the values of a young nation. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Ilyon Woo’s The Great Divorce is the dramatic, richly textured story of one of nineteenth-century America’s most infamous divorce cases, in which a young mother single-handedly challenged her country’s notions of women’s rights, family, and marriage itself.
In 1814, Eunice Chapman came home to discover that her three children had been carried off by her estranged husband. He had taken them, she learned, to live among a celibate, religious people known as the Shakers. Defying all expectations, this famously petite and lovely woman mounted an an epic campaign against her husband, the Shakers, and the law. In its confrontation of some of the nation’s most fundamental debates religious freedom, feminine virtue, the sanctity of marriage her case struck a nerve with an uncertain new republic. And its culmination in a stunning legislative decision and a terrifying mob attack sent shockwaves through the Shaker community and the nation beyond.
With a novelist’s eye and a historian’s perspective, Woo delivers the first full account of Eunice Chapman’s remarkable struggle. A moving story about the power of a mother’s love, The Great Divorce is also a memorable portrait of a rousing challenge to the values of a young nation.

From the Author: Recent Coverage ."A lively, well-written and engrossing tale"--The New York Times Book Review

"Woo captures the drama and many ironies of Eunice's story, admiring her courage without adopting her view of the Shakers as unmitigated villains."--The New Yorker

"Ilyon Woo presents the earliest child custody laws of this country with vivid relevance...[Woo] creates a tactile portrait of life nearly 200 years ago...both legal and feminist details are fascinating...Eunice has all the splash and charisma of a modern celebrity."--Holly Silva, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A myth-smashing tale... It would have been easy to tell this story as a polemic or a melodrama, but Woo never lets us settle into mere indignation or pity."--Anne Trubek, The Barnes & Noble Review

"This biography makes a movie-ready story of (Eunice Chapman's struggle to reclaim her children and her destiny."--More Magazine

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