USA Today’s Best Historical Fiction of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
Mary Todd Lincoln is one of history’s most misunderstood and enigmatic women. The first president’s wife to be called First Lady, 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. Yet she also ran her family into debt, held séances in the White House, and was committed to an insane asylum. In this irresistible novel, Mary Todd Lincoln shares the story of her life in her own words, allowing us entry into the inner, intimate world of this brave and fascinating woman.
"Mary is 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 . . . Newman gives Mary a riveting voice . . . after reading Mary, you’ll view stout little Mrs. Lincolnand her 19th-century sistersin a new, more respectful light.” USA Today
"Like its protagonist, Mary is bold, happy to trample upon convention. It is also an old-fashioned pleasure to read.”The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
JANIS COOKE NEWMAN is the author of the memoir The Russian Word for Snow. She lives in northern California, where she teaches writing classes at the renowned independent bookseller Book Passage. Visit www.JanisCookeNewman.com.
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