A mostly forgotten episode of US history is brought to life in fascinating detail by historian and author Deborah deBilly dit Courville. Working from primary sources such as letters and household accounts, she has reconstructed the rhythm and rationale of daily life at the 18th century French immigrant colony along the Susquehanna River known as Azilum. Told through the fortunes and fates of one of the colony's founding families, the LaPortes, the novel explores the attitudes, desires and motivations of the French nobles who sought refuge in the New World: people who, much as we do today, struggled, loved, mourned and planned for their futures, all against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the politics and vast uncharted wilderness that was the fledgling United States.
Deborah deBilly dit Courville is a member of the Board of Directors of French Azilum and is a historical interpreter at the LaPorte House located near Towanda, PA.
Description courtesy of Samothrace Press.