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Ride away on a 'round-the-world adventure of a lifetime—with only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver—in this trascendent novel inspired by the life of Annie Londonderry. “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”—Susan B. Anthony Who was Annie Londonderry? She captured the popular imagination with her daring ‘round the worl Ride away on a 'round-the-world adventure of a lifetime—with only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver—in this trascendent novel inspired by the life of Annie Londonderry. “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”—Susan B. Anthony Who was Annie Londonderry? She captured the popular imagination with her daring ‘round the world trip on two wheels. It was, declared The New York World in October of 1895, “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman.” But beyond the headlines, Londonderry was really Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a young, Jewish mother of three small children, who climbed onto a 42-pound Columbia bicycle and pedaled away into history. Reportedly set in motion by a wager between two wealthy Boston merchants, the bet required Annie not only to circle the earth by bicycle in 15 months, but to earn $5,000 en route, as well. This was no mere test of a woman’s physical endurance and mental fortitude; it was a test of a woman’s ability to fend for herself in the world. Often attired in a man’s riding suit, Annie turned every Victorian notion of female propriety on its head. Not only did she abandon, temporarily, her role of wife and mother (scandalous in the 1890s), she earned her way selling photographs of herself, appearing as an attraction in stores, and by turning herself into a mobile billboard. Zheutlin, a descendent of Annie, brilliantly probes the inner life and seeming boundless courage of this outlandish, brash, and charismatic woman. In a time when women could not vote and few worked outside the home, Annie was a master of public relations, a consummate self-promoter, and a skillful creator of her own myth. Yet, for more than a century her remarkable story was lost to history. In SPIN, this remarkable heroine and her marvelous, stranger-than-fiction story is vividly brought to life for a new generation.


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Ride away on a 'round-the-world adventure of a lifetime—with only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver—in this trascendent novel inspired by the life of Annie Londonderry. “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”—Susan B. Anthony Who was Annie Londonderry? She captured the popular imagination with her daring ‘round the worl Ride away on a 'round-the-world adventure of a lifetime—with only a change of clothes and a pearl-handled revolver—in this trascendent novel inspired by the life of Annie Londonderry. “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”—Susan B. Anthony Who was Annie Londonderry? She captured the popular imagination with her daring ‘round the world trip on two wheels. It was, declared The New York World in October of 1895, “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman.” But beyond the headlines, Londonderry was really Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, a young, Jewish mother of three small children, who climbed onto a 42-pound Columbia bicycle and pedaled away into history. Reportedly set in motion by a wager between two wealthy Boston merchants, the bet required Annie not only to circle the earth by bicycle in 15 months, but to earn $5,000 en route, as well. This was no mere test of a woman’s physical endurance and mental fortitude; it was a test of a woman’s ability to fend for herself in the world. Often attired in a man’s riding suit, Annie turned every Victorian notion of female propriety on its head. Not only did she abandon, temporarily, her role of wife and mother (scandalous in the 1890s), she earned her way selling photographs of herself, appearing as an attraction in stores, and by turning herself into a mobile billboard. Zheutlin, a descendent of Annie, brilliantly probes the inner life and seeming boundless courage of this outlandish, brash, and charismatic woman. In a time when women could not vote and few worked outside the home, Annie was a master of public relations, a consummate self-promoter, and a skillful creator of her own myth. Yet, for more than a century her remarkable story was lost to history. In SPIN, this remarkable heroine and her marvelous, stranger-than-fiction story is vividly brought to life for a new generation.

30 review for Spin: A Novel Based on a (Mostly) True Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Interesting! Review coming soon!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    A global sensation in the 1890’s, the story of Annie Londonderry was mostly forgotten. Based on long lost facts the author discovered in his own family, Spin is the story of the 1890’s around the world bicycle journey of Annie Londonderry. The first woman to circle the globe on a bicycle. -This at a time when women could not even vote and rarely worked outside the home, let alone travel the world. Her real name is Annie Kopchovsky, a great storyteller, brilliant self-promoter and saleswoman. Tran A global sensation in the 1890’s, the story of Annie Londonderry was mostly forgotten. Based on long lost facts the author discovered in his own family, Spin is the story of the 1890’s around the world bicycle journey of Annie Londonderry. The first woman to circle the globe on a bicycle. -This at a time when women could not even vote and rarely worked outside the home, let alone travel the world. Her real name is Annie Kopchovsky, a great storyteller, brilliant self-promoter and saleswoman. Transforming herself into Annie Londonderry, she uses her skills, and some mighty creativity to try to win a $10,000.00, wager placed on the uncertain prospect of a women’s ability to bike around the globe. The terms of the wager were such that not only did she have to complete the ten-thousand-mile journey in 15 months but earn $5,000 dollars along the way. If anyone had the spark and determination to complete the challenge it was Annie. Very few books compel the reader to want to know more about the origins of the story. After reading Spin, I not only craved more information about Annie Londonderry herself, but dare I say, I wanted to learn so much more about the circumstances that brought this book into being. The story behind the story captured my imagination as much as Ms. Londonderry herself. A series of events led Zheutlin to discover the details of his family’s history from a second cousin. Deep in her basement are boxes filled with forgotten family secrets and history. After extensive research and time piecing together the puzzle, he has created a novel, mostly based on fact, of this amazing woman, Annie Londonderry. In 1895 The New York World declared Annie’s round-the-world bicycle tour “the most extraordinary journey ever undertaken by a woman.” A hundred years later, the extraordinary journey of discovery Peter undertook to bring this story to life is just as fascinating. I highly recommend the book, and if you want to read more, I suggest you check out the authors 2008 account of Annie Londonderry’s extraordinary ride: “Around the Word on Two Wheels.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lori Sinsel Harris

    Though a work of fiction, this was based on a true story that I had no prior knowledge of. To say I was shocked to learn that a woman, in the 1890s would have or even could have done what Anna Kopchovksy/Annie Londonderry, riding a bicycle around the world, is an understatement! I would have never believed it, knowing what little I know about that period in history, I would have thought it would never have ever been a consideration. So reading this story and all the amazing encounters along the Though a work of fiction, this was based on a true story that I had no prior knowledge of. To say I was shocked to learn that a woman, in the 1890s would have or even could have done what Anna Kopchovksy/Annie Londonderry, riding a bicycle around the world, is an understatement! I would have never believed it, knowing what little I know about that period in history, I would have thought it would never have ever been a consideration. So reading this story and all the amazing encounters along the way for Annie was quite delightful. To know that a real woman actually did this, maybe not exactly, but was even brave enough to try was wonderful. I loved learning all the history about that era, to imagine the men and women back then, how they lived and how different their lives were from what we know now, and the freedom we, as women have now. Knowing that some of the things they agonized over the decisions they made, or weren't "allowed" to make because men were the decision makers is mind blowing to me. I am glad and thankful that there were real women like Annie Londonderry who paved the way for the rights that we, as women, take for granted today. This novel has opened my eyes, and made me a little more grateful to be living in the present time, a time where we have it so much easier than those ladies at the turn of the century. A great book, it did start out a little slow for me, and it did drag a bit in places, but the history and knowledge gained from reading it was worth the time. I would like to thank the publishers and Edelweiss for the free advanced reader e-copy of this novel, I am leaving my honest review in return

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leah Wilda

    Author, Peter Zheutlin, masterfully tells the (mostly) true story of his great, great aunt, Annie Kopchovsky, who through her adventures on her bicycle, becomes known to the world as Annie Londonderry. At the young age of 23, Annie takes up the bold challenge of attempting to win a sizable wager, while cycling around the world; often alone & often in dangerous situations. Mr. Zheutlin creatively writes SPIN, as told through the lens of a letter written by Annie to her granddaughter, Mary. He aut Author, Peter Zheutlin, masterfully tells the (mostly) true story of his great, great aunt, Annie Kopchovsky, who through her adventures on her bicycle, becomes known to the world as Annie Londonderry. At the young age of 23, Annie takes up the bold challenge of attempting to win a sizable wager, while cycling around the world; often alone & often in dangerous situations. Mr. Zheutlin creatively writes SPIN, as told through the lens of a letter written by Annie to her granddaughter, Mary. He authored the book in such a way that you felt you could often visualize the sights and scenes as Annie navigates her way around the world. Although, Ms. Londonderry is a champion and a woman truly ahead of her time, it was difficult to come to terms with her choices of leaving behind a husband and three young children for the 15 months she was given to fulfill her challenge. She was charismatic, driven, courageous and adventurous, but was she a likable character? The questions of Annie’s true character and the integrity of the tales she wove, bring about great conversation and spirited discussion. I am very grateful to The Bookclub Cookbook galley match program for sharing this lively and curious book with our bookclub.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Denise O'Neil

    Thank you to Pegasus Books and The Book Club CookBook for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review- this title is out June 1st, 2021! I found SPIN to be an engaging and quick read. I especially appreciated the Author's Note, which explained a lot about a family story that had been lost. It also gave me more insight into the decisions Annie made in her life. Annie has left her story to her granddaughter, Mary. I feel this was the best way to tell her story. She never claims to Thank you to Pegasus Books and The Book Club CookBook for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review- this title is out June 1st, 2021! I found SPIN to be an engaging and quick read. I especially appreciated the Author's Note, which explained a lot about a family story that had been lost. It also gave me more insight into the decisions Annie made in her life. Annie has left her story to her granddaughter, Mary. I feel this was the best way to tell her story. She never claims to be telling the truth during her adventures "around the world". And, we are left to decide for ourselves what is true and what is not. Writing, "My dear, I'm not entirely sure myself." to Mary. Whether you like Annie or not, she was ahead of her time. Every idea of what a woman "should" be during the 1800's, she was not. And, she seemed aware of the fact that what she was doing would be frowned upon.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I am a great fan and avid follower of The Book Club Cookbook a website connecting readers and food. I was thrilled to receive an advance reading copy of “Spin” by Peter Zheutlin. Biking has been a big part of my life since my preteens and still a past time I enjoy for its view nature and exercise. “Spin” retells a woman’s an unimaginable journey from the 1890s and is based on lost facts gathered from the author’s family tree. Peter Zheutlin discovers the details of his family’s history from a se I am a great fan and avid follower of The Book Club Cookbook a website connecting readers and food. I was thrilled to receive an advance reading copy of “Spin” by Peter Zheutlin. Biking has been a big part of my life since my preteens and still a past time I enjoy for its view nature and exercise. “Spin” retells a woman’s an unimaginable journey from the 1890s and is based on lost facts gathered from the author’s family tree. Peter Zheutlin discovers the details of his family’s history from a second cousin once removed, who has buried and forgotten family’s secrets and history in the boxes in her basement. Peter picks up the bits and pieces and heavily researches the artifacts until he has woven a historical fiction novel mostly based on fact. In this latest novel of notable women of history, Peter tells the story of the first woman to circle the globe on a bicycle at a time when women rarely worked outside the home and did not travel far unchaperoned. Annie uses her two wheels, cunning social skills, and creativity to try to win $10,000.00, from a wager placed on a women’s ability to bike around the globe. With nuggets of rich American History and a story mostly forgotten, the reader will experience the emotional up and downs as Annie tells her own story through an imagined letter to her granddaughter, not to be opened until her granddaughter’s 30th birthday. Emotional themes will resonate with many women, as Annie’s life struggles and choices are just as relevant today as they were for a woman in 1890s. I cannot stop thinking of this wife and mother of three young children in her twenties, traveling around the world on a bike with only her wits and ingenuity! I highly recommend this inspiring novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Betsy Lasch

    Spin by Peter Zheutlin is the story of his great, great, aunt Annie Londonderry, aka Annie Kopchovsky, who rode a one speed bike around the world in 1894. Annie spins marvelous stories of her experiences as she pedals from one adventure to another. Annie's travels and observations record the historical importance of the era. The Women's Emancipation movement was well underway, and Annie seized every opportunity to "ride" the roads of change. By the age of 23, Annie felt trapped in an arranged mar Spin by Peter Zheutlin is the story of his great, great, aunt Annie Londonderry, aka Annie Kopchovsky, who rode a one speed bike around the world in 1894. Annie spins marvelous stories of her experiences as she pedals from one adventure to another. Annie's travels and observations record the historical importance of the era. The Women's Emancipation movement was well underway, and Annie seized every opportunity to "ride" the roads of change. By the age of 23, Annie felt trapped in an arranged marriage that had produced three small children. She found the courage, grit, and ingenuity to change her circumstances. Annie tells us in the first page of the novel that she is not a reliable narrator of her own life. Her penchant for spinning stories keeps the reader entertained and guessing. I was able to read a galley copy of Spin courtesy of the Book Club Cook Book group. I highly recommend this novel. You won't be disappointed if you ride along with Annie.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    "A Novel Based on a (Mostly) True Story." That subtitle perplexed me until I began reading. Spin is the story of Annie Londonderry's global adventure in the late 1890s. She's a real person - albeit her actual name is Annie Cohen Kopchovsky - who accepts the challenge of riding a bicycle around the world in fifteen month and earning $5000 on top of her expenses. So 'spin' refers to the wheels of the bicycle as well as the stories she tells to accomplish her goals. Annie is the master of spin; her "A Novel Based on a (Mostly) True Story." That subtitle perplexed me until I began reading. Spin is the story of Annie Londonderry's global adventure in the late 1890s. She's a real person - albeit her actual name is Annie Cohen Kopchovsky - who accepts the challenge of riding a bicycle around the world in fifteen month and earning $5000 on top of her expenses. So 'spin' refers to the wheels of the bicycle as well as the stories she tells to accomplish her goals. Annie is the master of spin; her methods are ingenious or devious...depends on your take. This was such a fun book. I do marvel at the fact that she has all but disappeared from the history books. I'm glad that Zheutlin decided to tell her story. I learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the narrative.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    What a clever read! Loosely based on Annie Cohen Kophchovsky, the first woman to cycle around the world (allegedly), the author, who is distantly related to our "plucky," albeit unreliable, protagonist, weaves a tall tale of action, suspense, wit, and uncomfortable familial growing pains. While Zheutlin is related to the legendary Annie (not to be confused with Oakley- although she's mentioned too!), much remains unknown and suspicious as to how she could have cycled the amount she did, in the tim What a clever read! Loosely based on Annie Cohen Kophchovsky, the first woman to cycle around the world (allegedly), the author, who is distantly related to our "plucky," albeit unreliable, protagonist, weaves a tall tale of action, suspense, wit, and uncomfortable familial growing pains. While Zheutlin is related to the legendary Annie (not to be confused with Oakley- although she's mentioned too!), much remains unknown and suspicious as to how she could have cycled the amount she did, in the time she professed to. Rather than write a biography, Zheutlin opted to write a historical fiction with an unreliable narrator, and frankly, I think this was a brilliant choice! He clearly read the room. Annie, a Jewish woman who wants nothing to do with being a mother or family woman, upends her life to market herself (very cleverly, I might add), become a national sensation, and explore the world. Although I, in particular, am not a fan of her disregard for feelings other than her own, I can identify with having the headstrong wish to make something of yourself when you know that you are drowning in stale and stagnant air. Her tales are tall, her stories only somewhat true, and her gumption thick with grit. Thank you to Pegasus Books and The Book Club CookBook for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review- this title is out June 1st, 2021! CW: Racism, homophobia, sexism, allusion to racially charged acts of violence

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paulette Cervenka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Annie Londonderry was outrageous. Hold on tight while you enjoy this ride as she bikes, lies, and promotes products to finance her trip. The icing on the cake is the way she MANipulates her way to the payoff at the end. Such a delicious story of a feisty woman in an age when most ladies of the era were securely under the thumb of husbands and family. #galleymatch

  11. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    This is a fascinating story of a young, Jewish mother who, in 1894, took on a wager to be the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world. She must do it in 15 months and earn $5000 enroute. She had to begin the journey with no money and was not allowed to accept anything free along the way. If she succeeded, she would collect $10,000. The book is structured as an imaginary letter that Annie writes to her granddaughter Mary. Annie Londonderry was actually Annie Cohen Kopchovsky and was the au This is a fascinating story of a young, Jewish mother who, in 1894, took on a wager to be the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world. She must do it in 15 months and earn $5000 enroute. She had to begin the journey with no money and was not allowed to accept anything free along the way. If she succeeded, she would collect $10,000. The book is structured as an imaginary letter that Annie writes to her granddaughter Mary. Annie Londonderry was actually Annie Cohen Kopchovsky and was the author’s ancestor. She wasn’t fond of marriage, although she was married. She also wasn’t fond of children, although she had three. Having to self-promote herself all along the way, she became a creative storyteller. She made some decisions that were questionable, but haven’t we all done that? While I didn’t find her very likeable, she was certainly brave, bold, and had real chutzpah. Without a doubt, she was certainly well ahead of her time. Annie was somewhat of a family secret, so Zheutlin had to do quite a bit of research to piece together Annie’s amazing story which he now presents as a historical fiction novel. The “P.S.” at the end of the letter was emotional and helped me understand Annie a bit better. I chuckle a bit at the simple title “Spin”, which may refer to the bicycle wheels spinning or perhaps to the tales Annie spins along the way. There were some good ones. I never realized just how important the invention of the bicycle was, especially for women. Susan B. Anthony is quoted as saying “Bicycling has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” With the bicycle, Annie helped pave the way to the rights we women have today. I recommend this book to those who want to know about another courageous woman in history that refused to be caught confined and instead set her own path.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is the fascinating story of a woman unhappy with her pre-determined life who embarks on a journey. The novel is "based on a (mostly) true story” which is a super cute way to say some of these things happened and some didn’t, don’t hold me accountable. Love that! On June 27, 1894, Annie Londonderry (aka Annie Cohen Kopchovsky) set out from Boston on a bicycle to ride around the world in 15 months. It was basically a publicity stunt to convince women they should be riding bikes. Until this poi This is the fascinating story of a woman unhappy with her pre-determined life who embarks on a journey. The novel is "based on a (mostly) true story” which is a super cute way to say some of these things happened and some didn’t, don’t hold me accountable. Love that! On June 27, 1894, Annie Londonderry (aka Annie Cohen Kopchovsky) set out from Boston on a bicycle to ride around the world in 15 months. It was basically a publicity stunt to convince women they should be riding bikes. Until this point, bicycles were mostly ridden by men. Annie’s reason for embarking on this journey was different. Being married to a man she didn’t love and a mother to 3 children 5 and under whom she didn’t really have affection for, her purpose was, in her own words “to fulfill my own destiny, not the one society had in mind for me”. She didn’t have much support from her family. Her only encouragement was from her childhood friend turned lover, Susie. While reading it I was constantly thinking about the young children she left behind. I honestly can’t imagine leaving my young children behind for that long, but I also live in a time when I am allowed to make decisions for myself, so I guess I can’t relate. She made her way across the US and then travels by ship to France and pedals her way through Europe and Asia. She has to constantly promote herself and earn money along the way while meeting interesting people and having once in a lifetime adventures and even a romantic encounter now and then. She meets Annie Oakley, Susan B. Anthony and spent a week with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show! This woman is not afraid of anything or anyone. Check out this new release if you like adventure and something different!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Reeca Elliott

    Because of a wager between two men, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky headed out in June 1894 for a 15 month bicycle tour around the world. Not only did she have to complete the tour…she had to raise $5000 during the tour. Annie and her Pearl handled revolver created quite a stir in every place and town! This is definitely a different read. I have never heard of Annie Cohen Kopchovsky before. Nor have I ever heard of her bicycle trip ‘round the world!’ I admire Annie, her tenacity and her ingenuity. But, I Because of a wager between two men, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky headed out in June 1894 for a 15 month bicycle tour around the world. Not only did she have to complete the tour…she had to raise $5000 during the tour. Annie and her Pearl handled revolver created quite a stir in every place and town! This is definitely a different read. I have never heard of Annie Cohen Kopchovsky before. Nor have I ever heard of her bicycle trip ‘round the world!’ I admire Annie, her tenacity and her ingenuity. But, I felt sorry for her family. She left her young children at home for 15 months to accomplish this feat. I will be honest…this is something I had trouble with. However, I enjoyed reading about Annie and her experiences on this magical trip. Nothing hindered her, including falls and pneumonia. She was truly unstoppable. Need a unique tale…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today! I received this novel from the author for a honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire Mann

    4.5 stars I had never heard of Annie Londonderry (Cohen Kopchovsky) before picking up this book. I have become utterly entranced. While I know this author also wrote a nonfiction book about her, I believe that this tale does her life better justice, mixing fact and fiction, just like the woman herself. While her claim to the title “First Woman to Bike Around the World” is tenuous, the inspiration she was to women is far more important anyway. She proved that a woman could not only travel by herse 4.5 stars I had never heard of Annie Londonderry (Cohen Kopchovsky) before picking up this book. I have become utterly entranced. While I know this author also wrote a nonfiction book about her, I believe that this tale does her life better justice, mixing fact and fiction, just like the woman herself. While her claim to the title “First Woman to Bike Around the World” is tenuous, the inspiration she was to women is far more important anyway. She proved that a woman could not only travel by herself, but that she had the grit and wit to MAKE MONEY on her cycling adventure. Londonderry was larger than life, just the way Annie wanted her to be. That made it all the poignant to see how the other half lived, to bring the repercussions into focus. What she accomplished was extraordinary, but at the same to personally costly.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maryl Gavazzi

    This book is written by a relative (as a letter to her niece) about Annie Londonderry who was a Jewish wife and mother of three young children who decided to ride her bicycle around the world — much to the chagrin of most everyone, especially her family and most men of the era — realize this takes place in 1894! As she is not allowed to be “given” funds, she must use her wild imagination to tell tales of happenings - not always real - to gain advertisers to augment her trip. Our Book Club enjoye This book is written by a relative (as a letter to her niece) about Annie Londonderry who was a Jewish wife and mother of three young children who decided to ride her bicycle around the world — much to the chagrin of most everyone, especially her family and most men of the era — realize this takes place in 1894! As she is not allowed to be “given” funds, she must use her wild imagination to tell tales of happenings - not always real - to gain advertisers to augment her trip. Our Book Club enjoyed an international appetizer-filled discussion to celebrate many of the locations she visited! It is an interesting read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andrea N. Lowe

    A story I was excited to read about and learn the details surrounding a woman’s trip, by bicycle, around the world in the 1890s. However, I quickly found Miss Annie Londonderry, (AKA: Mrs. Annie Cohen Kopchovsky), to be selfish, unfaithful, deceptive, and in her tireless efforts to embellish the truth she became nothing more than an uninteresting and untrustworthy historical voice.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Waloven

    I enjoy historical fiction where women step outside of cultural and societal boxes. Annie, the story’s protagonist, did this with such a flair and so much moxie that I wish I’d known her. A great piece of history that will keep you spinning.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nanny

    Interesting at first, but it grew tiresome and somewhat repetitive towards the end. I ended up skimming and not reading the last couple of chapters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Fun summer read. Humorous account of Jewish woman who wagered she could bicycle around the globe in 15 months.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Z

    Great store you. A page turner Peter Zheutlin tells the story of Annie as if he knows her. And he does, better than anyone could today. It’s a history about the wheel and women’s rights and how they intersect in a time where thoughts, actions, and awakening of what women could do were filming alive in our cultural. Annie is so uniquely qualified to lead the way in her time, while wheeling and entertaining all the while. I really recommend this book. I

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Adkins

    Thank you to Pegasus books for a free copy of Spin by Peter Zheutlin. Parts “Around the World in 80 days”, parts “Big Fish”; Spin is a lovely summer historical fiction read of one woman’s journey. Told from the perspective of Annie Kopchovsky writing a letter to her granddaughter, Spin follows the journey of Annie from Boston housewife to globe trotting cyclist. First, I just want to congratulate author Peter Zheutlin, for being one of the few male authors I’ve read who managed to write a female c Thank you to Pegasus books for a free copy of Spin by Peter Zheutlin. Parts “Around the World in 80 days”, parts “Big Fish”; Spin is a lovely summer historical fiction read of one woman’s journey. Told from the perspective of Annie Kopchovsky writing a letter to her granddaughter, Spin follows the journey of Annie from Boston housewife to globe trotting cyclist. First, I just want to congratulate author Peter Zheutlin, for being one of the few male authors I’ve read who managed to write a female character (and from her point of view) believably. The majority of the time when I read male authors I can tell almost immediately that it’s a man writing. Zheutlin was surprisingly good at writing in the voice of an elderly woman from the turn of the century, and if I hadn’t paid attention to the author bio I would have guessed the book was written by a woman. This is completely a total compliment. The book itself is entertaining and light. Those interested in niche history like I am (those little nuggets of history that rarely get talked about) you’ll enjoy it just as much. Zheutlin doesn’t dwell on details, as the novel is written as a story being told through a letter, and keeps the pace as fast as a bicycle wheel on a straight stretch. Zheutlin also used the lack of personal knowledge on Annie, and her own personal habit of telling tall tales about her journey, to his advantage to keep the story entertaining. For my full review, visit my blog at theliteratigeek.wordpress.com/2021/07...

  22. 4 out of 5

    George

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

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  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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