Why would anyone living in civilized places, like England or the Netherlands, even consider boarding the Mayflower and sailing to the New World? With the threat of storms, pirates, and cramped dark conditions, an Atlantic crossing would have been a nightmare. Even if land is reached, the New World is a wild place lacking shelter and filled with uncertainty. The odds of survival hovered at fifty percent.
In the historical novel Before the Mayflower, Jennifer Sinsigalli enters the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a time of transition from Queen Elizabeth to King James in England, and in the Netherlands, the Dutch Golden Age. The story of the thirty-three years leading up to the famous Mayflower voyage is told in this meticulously researched novel, combining known names like Brewster and Bradford, with the fictional family of printer Nicholas Okes.
Ms. Sinsigalli will speak about her book at the second program of the Spring Author Talks at the Kingston Council on Aging on Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.