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A fascinating and intimate novel of the life of Mary Todd Lincoln, narrated by the First Lady herself Mary Todd Lincoln is one of history's most misunderstood and enigmatic women. She was a political strategist, a supporter of emancipation, and a mother who survived the loss of three children and the assassination of her beloved husband. She also ran her family into debt, held seances in the White House, and was committed to an insane asylum -- which is where Janis Cooke Newman's debut novel begins. From her room in Bellevue Place, Mary chronicles her tempestuous childhood in a slaveholding Southern family and takes readers through the years after her husband's death, revealing the ebbs and flows of her passion and depression, her poverty and ridicule, and her ultimate redemption.
PRAISE FOR MARY "One of those rare books that turns the reader into an admiring fan of both the author and her subject. You feel a compulsion to urge others to read it."--USA Today "Like its protagonist, Mary is bold, happy to trample upon convention. It is also an old-fashioned pleasure to read . . . Newman daubs period detail like an Impressionist, splashing in lines that intensify her color."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780544148956
Characteristics: 1 online resource (636 pages)
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Dec 11, 2009

A tragic, but captivating novel about the world from Mary Lincoln's eyes.

Jan 30, 2007

Mary Todd Lincoln knew that she was always going to be a President''s wife. And she knew that Stephen Douglas wasn''t going to get her to Washington City, even though he was one of her great admirers ? he was a democrat, after all! She knew as soon as she set her eyes on one of the homeliest men she had ever seen, that he was the one that was going to fulfill her aspirations. And what started out as a very passionate affair led her to the greatest honor she ever knew - Mrs. A. Lincoln the wife of the man who freed the slaves. But her extreme emotions would also lead to her greatest sorrow and shame. Mary was someone who could love too much in an age when emotions from women denoted madness and should not be displayed. Her grief over the deaths of three sons was all consuming. And along with her great intelligence and wit, she lived a life that men thought contemptible and tawdry in a very public way. I have come to admire her frankness, her generosity, and her willingness to reveal her inner life in an era when women did not have the freedom of being individuals. She always remained true to herself and the love of a great man.


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