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The new novel The Third Mrs. Galway (Kaylie Jones Books, 2021) by Deirdre Sinnott looks back at Utica in 1835, when newlywed Helen Galway discovers two people who have escaped enslavement are hiding in the shack behind her husband’s house. She must then decide if she should she be a “good wife” and report the fugitives, or if she will defy convention and come to their aid.
Within her home, Helen is haunted by the previous Mrs. Galway, recently deceased but still an oppressive presence. Her husband, injured by a drunken tumble off his horse, is assisted by a doctor of questionable ambitions who keeps a close eye on Helen. In charge of all things domestic is Maggie — formerly enslaved by the Galway family and freed when emancipation came to New York eight years earlier.
Abolitionists arriving in Utica to found the New York State Anti-Slavery Society are accused by the local papers of being traitors to the Constitution.
Deirdre Sinnott is an author, researcher, and activist for social change. She grew up in Utica, New York, and graduated from Syracuse University. Sinnott speaks nationally about the role of Central New York’s residents in the abolition of slavery. She was the originator of Utica’s Abolition History Day Celebration. She facilitated the program “Resisting the New Jim Crow” at the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum and is a historical consultant for the Fort Stanwix Underground Railroad History Project, funded by the National Park Service. The Third Mrs. Galway is her first novel.
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