“The Last Temptation of Lincoln” is a collection of inventive and visionary stories starring some of the most iconic figures in history, from Abraham Lincoln to Benjamin Franklin to Oscar Wilde. These stories insert a sense of magical realism into the historical record to challenge many of the fundamental narratives of history with irony and humor.
What if the “Declaration of Independence” were written not by Thomas Jefferson but by a brilliant and precocious teenage orphan girl? What if a paranoid President Richard Nixon ordered a secret trip to the moon to pick up the American flag that Apollo 11 had accidentally toppled as it left the moon’s surface? What would an American colonist tell his neighbors if he were vaulted into the 21st century and then back again to his own village? Implicit in these entertaining “TwiStories” are new ways of looking at our shared past, and of laughing at the myths we still cling to today.
“Wallace Baine is history’s mischievous magician. In his short story, “The Last Temptation of Lincoln,” he lures us in with the tale of a beloved American hero, deflects us with smart prose and then reveals a plot twist so deft, it manages to touch your heart and funny bone at the same time. I’ll never read history the same way again.”
- Peggy Townsend, author of “Safe Landings”
“Wallace Baine is a wonderful writer who specializes in smart and entertaining satire. He has a dry and understated wit and is not afraid to use it, whether he’s describing the contemporary adventures of an invisible woman or telling you the untold story of an ambitious female 19th century ghost who changed the course of history. His writing will keep you off guard and have you in stitches.”
- Dan White, author of “The Cactus Eaters”
“Haunted and haunting, "The Last Temptation of Lincoln" is a tale rich in historic detail, and richer still in its illumination of Lincoln’s heart. On top of everything else he does well, Wallace Baine is a master story-teller.”