Trenton
A novel by John P. Calu and David A. Hart
"Calu and Hart have brought a vital piece of our national memory back and combined it with a modern, uplifting tale in this exciting novel. Bravo!"
— William Mastrosimone, playwright, Extremities

1774. The revolution brewing in the American colonies is set to erupt in violent conflict. In Hopewell, near Trenton, New Jersey, the nearly lifeless body of an orphan girl is pulled from the Delaware River by a son of John Hart, a man whose passion for independence has brought down the wrath of the British Crown and its many local sympathizers.

Thus begins an epic two-part saga in which the Harts become pivotal players in the cause of freedom, pitted against a powerful enemy alongside George Washington, Ben Franklin, and other patriots from throughout the colonies. John Hart becomes a hunted man, and young Edward Hart—deeply inspired by the writings of Thomas Paine—falls in love, enlists in Washington's ragtag army, and suffers tragic losses on and off the battlefield before victory at Trenton changes his life and alters the course of history.

In the explosive second part, modern day Trenton comes into vivid focus as Luis Alma—son of Cuban immigrants, hero, and reluctant candidate for mayor—struggles to hold his family together. Against a backdrop of crime, corruption, and murder, a mystery unfolds linking the Alma family to the Harts of Hopewell, and a young man from the wrong side of the tracks discovers that the key to Trenton's future may lie in a secret from its past.

"This fast-paced adventure dramatizes Trenton's exciting history during its illustrious Revolutionary War past as well as its multicultural present."
— Sarah Johnson, Reading the Past
"From Trenton's revolutionary beginnings to a richly imagined contemporary rebirth, Calu and Hart spin a ripping good yarn of two clans connected by blood and the pursuit of liberty."
— Lee Davis Willoughby, The Making of America book series
"A great read ... a remarkable achievement!"
— Wendy Nardi, archivist, Trentoniana
Collection, Trenton Public Library

2010 | 320 pp/hardbound | ISBN: 978-0-937548-66-0 | Price: $24.95 Print Edition | Novel Website
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John P. Calu and David A. Hart will be at the following venues...
  • Sunday, December 26, 2:00 pm—3:00 PM: Masonic Temple — Mercer Lodge No. 50 F&AM 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, New Jersey, phone (609) 392-3959
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