Goodreads asked Jane Hampton Cook:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Jane Hampton Cook Years ago I went to the Library of Congress and came across a narrative by Louisa Adams about her 1815 journey from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Paris, France. Her account read like a movie and I knew then that I wanted to write a book about it. The scope grew to include her husband, John Quincy Adams, and the book took flight as American Phoenix.

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