Synopses & Reviews
completes Tony Wolk's Lincoln Out of Time trilogy about inexplicable, time-traveling Abraham Lincoln, and the widow who gives birth to his daughter. A Lincoln scholar himself, Wolk blends historical facts and people with fictional characters, skillfully bringing time, place, and president to life — once again proving his dedication to both history and literature.
It's 1964, and Abraham Lincoln's daughter, Sarah, daydreams about meeting her father. Her mother, Joan, met Lincoln nine years earlier when he was transported to Evanston, Illinois, from his own time and place for a day. When Sarah's stepfather, Will, a Lincoln scholar, doesn't return home from an overnight trip, Sarah and her mother have no way of knowing that he has traveled back in time to 1833 in the same mysterious way Lincoln came forward. The two grow more and more nervous waiting for him to come home. A stranger's phone call and the discovery of an abandoned truck will push daughter, mother, and their old dog, Rusty, away from home in search of Will.
During this journey, Sarah leaves 1964 behind and finds not only Will, but her father, Abraham Lincoln.
"Lincoln's Daughter is the final, and in my view the best, book in Tony Wolk's trilogy about Abraham Lincoln. It brings the reader full-circle in the wonderful story of the magical day Lincoln found himself ninety years in the future and the result of that short stay: a daughter. Wolk places his fictionalized Lincoln in the historic context of Lincoln's life in the 1830s. He gives his Lincoln a poise and language that we all hope the real Lincoln possessed. This is a story not just about Lincoln and his love for that one day he had in the future, but about the depth of the soul of the man, and his enduring capacity for love that he and his daughter have for one another even across the ages."—Mike Burton, Chair, Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
On a trip to New Salem, Illinois, Will Studebaker finds himself trapped in a blizzard. He wakes up in 1833, where he soon comes face to face with Abraham Lincoln, the subject of his life's work. In Lincoln's Daughter, the final volume of the Lincoln Out of Time trilogy, author Tony Wolk weaves together the story of Lincoln's life as a young man with the story of a daughter searching for her fathers.
About the Author
Tony Wolk graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Journalism in 1957 and with a master's in English Literature two years later. After a brief time teaching English at a college of mortuary science, Tony moved to the University of Nebraska, where he completed his PhD in English. In 1965 he moved to Portland, Oregon, and began teaching at Portland State University. Tony continues to teach at PSU, specializing in Renaissance literature, science fiction, and composition. Wolk published his first article in 1969 and has written steadily ever since.