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The Freeman's Oath

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The Freeman's Oath is a novel about history, love, and not understanding either. Meet Jonathan Gray, 27, a struggling Boston rare book dealer. The accidental death of his parents three years ago has him casting about, trying to uphold his father’s bookselling legacy. Meanwhile, Jessie, the one girl Jon has ever loved—whom he dumped with spectacular quickness after his pare...more
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published 2011 (first published 2009)
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J.F. Newman
Jul 14, 2012 J.F. Newman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
“The Freeman’s Oath is an engaging novel about love and history, full of inside information about the world of rare books and documents”–TOM PERROTTA, AUTHOR OF THE LEFTOVERS AND LITTLE CHILDREN.
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There are times when life runs in neutral, only digging deeper. J.F. Newman's narrator, Jon Gray, finds himself in this precarious position as the novel opens, An all-around bookie/nerd/geek/lovable character, Jon cannot shake the ghosts of his past and he does not quite realize they are the biggest obstacles to his entire future. Newman combines fascinating elements of American history, love, and the struggles of life into his novel, The Freeman's Oath.

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Ellen Harger
The primary arc of the story follows the evolution of the main character. The author depicts his protagonist with shameless strokes, boldly revealing his insecurities and self-absorption. This is a real guy. Jon is in his late twenties but still living a college lifestyle, procrastinating dealing with reality. In fact, Jonathan isn't easy to like at first. But not only does he grow on you, he grows up over the course of the novel. This is a rare treat. It is successful because of the author's hu...more
Ellen Harger
This is a fun, quirky novel with an authentic Bostonian voice. A little bit mystery and whole lot of growing up blends for an interesting trip into the world of rare books, the Freeman's Oath, and hero's quest for self discovery.

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J. F. Newman lives and writes in Milford, Connecticut. When not writing, he enjoys farming in his hometown of Salem, Connecticut.
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