WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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books "a man of contradictions" connect. He mentions July 3 happens to be the 150th anniversary of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Pickett Charge across Gettysburg. The Lincoln Letter is set in the nation's capital, alternating between now and 1862. Martin's many fans know Peter Fallon, our guide on the journey through time. Fallon is his fictional Boston-based dealer of antiquarian books (might he be the author's alter ego?), the original "smart guy looking for stuff," says Martin. He created Fallon for Back LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Bay, introducing a genre that has become hugely popular (think Indiana Jones movies and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown). His sleuth will return in the next thriller, due in 2014. Martin thinks Fallon's appeal is that, in addition to brains, he has the guts to do what we wish we could do in similar circumstances. For example, in The Lincoln Letter he manages to foil an abduction President Abraham Lincoln, 1861 attempt by upending speeding bicyclists who hog the road. And he outsmarts ruthless collectors of rare books whose wealth and greed bonds that represent the unretired debt of the American Revolution. threaten to deprive the public of rare presidential artifacts. Fallon's That true story tied nicely into his longstanding desire to write about 21st-century sensibilities and intelligent observations convince us that the history of New York. In the latest case, Fallon encounters a recently history matters, a belief the author and his protagonist share. discovered letter written by Abraham Lincoln that hints he kept a Story ideas come from anywhere but Martin's often start with an object. City of Dreams began when Martin heard about lost 1780 wartime diary that was lost. Both the letter and diary are imaginary, says Martin, but plausible. COURTESY OF FORGE BOOKS "Lincoln was a man of contradictions," says Martin. "He was a folksy lawyer who was the smartest politician in the room, the jokester who carried sadness wrapped around him like a shawl…the basic 19th-century racist who didn't believe in the equality of blacks to whites yet he was the Great Emancipator. His contradictory character We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 "Many presidents show up in my novels. One of my goals is to humanize them. They all had foibles, human weaknesses, tragedies they had to endure, and you need to appreciate that before we made them into gods, they were men." – William Martin 172

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