The War of 1812 is known to most people for the British burning down the White House and as the inspiration for the "Star-Spangled Banner," but not much else. Now, it's the setting for Denver author Nick Arvin's latest novel, "Mad Boy."
Arvin talked to Colorado Matters about choosing this little-known period in American history for his new book. Just a few pages into "Mad Boy," a cow falls through a roof and kills the mother of the titular boy, 10-year-old Henry Phipps. His mother's dying wish launches him on an insane quest through 19th century America and into the war.