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I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company: A Novel of Lewis and Clark by Brian Hall
In I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, Brian Hall brings us another fictionalized account of historical figures. Instead of filling in the unknown facts and missing information about Lewis and Clark and their exploration of
the Louisiana Purchase, he has written a novel about their experiences. He tells the story from the viewpoints of the different people involved: Meriwether Lewis, their proud and tormented leader who committed suicide three years after they returned, William Clark, the coleader and best friend of Lewis, Toussaint Charbonneau, a French fur trader who accompanied them into Indian territory, and Sacagawea, the young Shoshone mother who belonged to Charbonneau. This novel attempts to show how different people thrust into the spotlight of history cope with the challenges and fame thrust upon some. The Christian Science Monitor says, "Here's literature that saves one of the greatest American moments from the pastel palette of mythology. Hall has constructed a narrative as bracing and surprising as the journey itself."