Good Friday

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Ooligan Press, 2007 - Fiction - 270 pages
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Joan Matcham has just discovered that shes pregnant by a man who died ninety years earlier: Abraham Lincoln. His brief sojourn to the Illinois of 1955 ended, he is returned to his own time and place, leaving Joan to deal with the consequences of their night together. Even as friendship, impending motherhood, and a new love revive Joan, she is haunted by recurring visions of the last week of Lincolns life. Good Fridaythe sequel to Abraham Lincoln, A Novel Lifeis the second of Wolks novels published by Ooligan Press, the teaching press at Portland State University. A remarkable work, Good Friday is sure to leave readers eagerly anticipating the final installment of Wolks Lincoln trilogy.

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This is the sequel to Abraham Lincoln: A Novel Life, in which Lincoln goes forward in time ninety years, to Illinois in 1955. He meets Joan Matcham and spends one day with her before he vanishes again, back to his own time. In Good Friday, we return to Joan Matcham and learn how Lincoln was able to send her a letter and how his visit has changed her life. Because of her connection to him, she is able to flit back and forth between her era and his. This is a magical and haunting page-turner in which the veil between two eras thins.  

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I found this to be a fun and fluffy read. I thought the idea of Lincoln time traveling was interesting, but I couldn't buy into the romance part of the story. Maybe it's just my perception of what Lincoln was like, but I have a hard time imagining that he would be the type of guy to have a one night fling with a woman and fall in love with her. It just doesn't really sound like something Honest Abe would do. 


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Wolk has taught English at Portland State University since 1965, specializing in Renaissance literature, science fiction, and writing classes.

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