Seventeenth-century Holland is a major power with a large, wealthy middle class built on spices and slavery. Dutch schemes to colonize the New World attract few interested parties, but Pieter Cornelissoon Boom, an early Mennonite with a dream of communal living, brings a few families to Delaware Bay in 1663. Their "Little Common-wealth" is just getting started when the bloody economic rivalry between Holland and England unleashes violence on the coast of Delaware. The Nieuw Netherland colonies swing between Dutch and English ownership in a series of Anglo-Dutch wars. Cornelis, Boom's blind son, tells the story of the community (based loosely on the ill-fated Delaware settlement of Pieter Plockhoy) in its various forms of existence, relying on his exquisite memory of scent.
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About the Author
Libby Cone is the author of WAR ON THE MARGINS (Duckworth Publishers, 2009), a novel about the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands and the subsequent marginalization and persecution of the Islands' Jewish citizens. She continues her fascination with the arbitrary nature of national identity with this story, loosely based on the ill-fated Plockhoy settlement in what is now Lewes, Delaware. Born in Massachusetts, Cone now calls Philadelphia home. A practicing radiologist, she lives there with her husband, many pets, and many books.