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'The Remarkable Cause'

"The Remarkable Cause."

Helena author Jean O’Connor will read from her historical novel, “The Remarkable Cause: A Novel of James Lovell and the Crucible of the Revolution,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

O’Connor taught in Montana for 37 years, mostly in Helena, and won a High School Teacher of Excellence Award in 2018 from the National Council of Teachers of English. She based the book on one of the lesser-known founders. In an email she said she researched using primary sources such as letters, documents and publications of the era to develop a fictional retelling.

The book was published in February 2021 by Knox Press.

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