Noelle (Parsons) Granger’s will be discussing her newest novel, The Last Pilgrim. This work of historical fiction focuses on the life of Mary Allerton Cushman who was the longest surviving passenger of the Mayflower. As the daughter of Isaac Allerton and the wife of Elder Thomas Cushman, she had a front-row seat to the history of the Plymouth Colony, from its beginnings as the first permanent settlement in New England to its subsumption into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691.
Noelle makes the case for the critical role the Pilgrim women played in the survival of the Plymouth Colony. The idea for a historical novel to honor Pilgrim women took seed in Plymouth, Ma., where she worked as a teenager as one of the first tour guides at Plymouth Plantation.
A Professor Emerita of the North Carolina School of Medicine, Noelle is the author offour mysteries in the Rhe Brewster series. She is working on a fifth book in the series, and also beginning research on a historical novel about a woman living in the Boston area during the time of the Revolutionary War.
Look for an email announcement and Zoom invite to a May 8 program on
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