What Readers Say
"People and action
right on the money."
"Hilarious. Jackie had me
laughing out loud."
"Fiction that serves history."
"Gets better and better ... toward a highly satisfying resolution."
"Authority beyond question."
"Jackie is real, engaging
"Jackie, please, the grammer!"
"How lusty those Dutch are."
"Did they really drink that much?"
"Vivid descriptions all 'round."
"Authentic, flowing, dynamic."
Figures You'll Meet
Manhattan Buyer Peter Minuit
Pegleg Peter Stuyvesant
NY's First Whore Griet Reyniers
NY's First Embezzler
Cornelis van Tienhoven
Troublemaker Anthony the Turk
Indian-killer Willem Kieft
First Mother Catalina Trico
Dominies Michaelius, Bogardus and Megapolensis
Van Rennselaer Nephew
Wouter van Twiller
Adultress Nanne Beech
Kosher Butcher Asser Levy
Adriaen van der Donck
First Gay Herman van den Bogaert
The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan
A Novel of New Amsterdam
"[A] romp through the history of New Netherland that would surely have Petrus Stuyvesant complaining about the riot transpiring between its pages ... Readers are guaranteed a genuine adventure that will evoke the full range of human emotions. Once begun, they can expect to experience that rare difficulty in putting down a book before they have finished."
"Bill Greer has deftly blended fact and fiction in his humorous tale The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan. ... The characters are rowdy, raunchy, loveable, and sometimes despicable, but thoroughly believable. ... This is a thoroughly delightful story that brings the Dutch colonies to life."
-- Historical Novels Review, August 2009
A Novel of New Amsterdam
When Mevrouw Jackie Lambert opens her New Amsterdam tavern in 1626, she jumps aboard a madcap ride through New York history. With a razor-sharp tongue and the tastiest beer on either side of the Atlantic, Jackie spurs the tiny Manhattan settlement toward a head-on collision with the tyrannical Dutchmen who rule it. Poison, blackmail, murder, all are fair game as she fends off threats to the family she yearned for growing up as an orphan. And when pegleg Peter Stuyvesant would rather destroy the town than surrender his honor, Jackie must take history into her own hands or lose everything she has spent a lifetime building.
A Real Portrait
While a work of fiction, The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan paints a real portrait of life in New Amsterdam with all its humor, bawdiness, and conflict. It presents a window into Dutch culture during the Golden Age of the Netherlands and how that culture transplanted to the wilderness of the Hudson Valley. It shows Indian life as the Dutch saw it. Real people and real events fill its pages. The thread of Jackie's life reflects the central theme of the Dutch period, the rebellion of the common people against their rulers, the Dutch West India Company and its Directors, a conflict historians argue laid the foundation for the pluralistic, freedom-loving society that America became.
To explore more of New York and the World, wander through the Brownstone with me. - Bill
Bill's New Book
A DIRTY YEAR
Sex, Suffrage & Scandal in Gilded Age New York
Forthcoming from Chicago Review Press
A nonfiction narrative of 1872 New York, a city convulsing with social upheaval and sexual revolution and beset with all the excitement and challenges a moment of transformation brings.
Revolutionary Victoria C. Woodhull running for President of the United States.
Anthony Comstock beginning his 40-year career battling smut dealers, abortionists & every kind of vice.
Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the most famous man in America.
Suffragist Susan B. Anthony casting her first vote.
Attorney William Howe defending the most notorious criminals.
Financier Jim Fisk stealing railroads & cornering gold.
Burlesque queen Lydia Thompson & her British Blondes.
& many more larger-then -life characters who fascinated the city.
Anticipated publication in early 2020.