Interview: Author ‘Mary Calvi’ Talks Her New Book Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel Of George Washington’s First Love

MARY CALVI spent years wondering about the heiress who lived in the grand manor in her hometown of Yonkers, New York. Curiosity propelled her to do extensive research that spanned several years. This novel is based on what she uncovered. Calvi is a nine-time New York Emmy® award-winning journalist. She is a television news anchor in New York City. Mary is also First Lady of the City of Yonkers. She serves as a board member of the Hudson River Museum. This is her first novel.

Check out her website here, Twitter and Facebook. The book is in stores on Tuesday, February 19 from St. Martin’s Press. You can listen below to the interview.

Did unrequited love spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution? Never before has this story about George Washington been told. Crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, Dear George, Dear Mary explores George’s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America.

From elegant eighteenth-century society to bloody battlefields, the novel creates breathtaking scenes and riveting characters. Dramatic portraits of the two main characters unveil a Washington on the precipice of greatness, using the very words he spoke and wrote, and his ravishing love, whose outward beauty and refinement disguise a complex inner struggle.

Dear George, Dear Mary reveals why George Washington had such bitter resentment toward the Brits, established nearly two decades before the American Revolution, and it unveils details of a deception long hidden from the world that led Mary Philipse to be named a traitor, condemned to death and left with nothing. While that may sound like the end, ultimately both Mary and George achieve what they always wanted.

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