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Posted January 11, 2007
A Real Stretch
Although this book is a novel and not a biography, one assumes that it is based mostly on historical data and not just the author's fantasies. It was a bit much to accept that Mrs. Lincoln suddenly turned into the 19th century Betty Ford while in the mental clinic, realizing that opiates were not good for her even though they were the method of treatment at that time. Of course she needed a clear head to write her 600 page memoir - which I could also accept until the incident where she plotted the seduction of Mr. Lincoln, literally stealing out of her home to his rooms in the dark of night. Literary license is great, but that ended it for me.
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