Booth's Daughter

Booth's Daughter

by Raymond Wemmlinger

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Overview

The niece of Lincoln's assassin comes to terms with her family's genius and tragic history. In March 1880 at age eighteen, Edwina is experiencing many new things. For the first time she sees her actor father, Edwin Booth, in King Lear, a play he had considered "too harsh for a young lady." For the first time she finds herself squarely facing the burden carried by her family name for more than a decade: the assassination of President Lincoln by her uncle John Wilkes Booth. And for the first time she is in love, with Downing Vaux, an artist whose father, like Edwina's, is famous. Edwina leaves Downing behind when her father insists that she accompany him on a year-long theatrical tour abroad. Downing is loyal, however, and when she returns to New York, they become engaged. But when the assassination of President Garfield thrusts the Booth family back into the limelight, Edwina finds that she must travel abroad again with her father, and Downing's devotion is tested. Forced to reexamine her life, Edwina faces a difficult choice between duty and the pursuit of happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629793221
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 212
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Raymond Wemmlinger is the curator and librarian at The Hampden-Booth Theatre Library, New York City, which specializes in nineteenth-century British and American theater. He has lived his entire life in or around New York City, where most of Booth's Daughter is set. This is his first novel.

Raymond Wemmlinger is the curator and librarian at The Hampden-Booth Theatre Library, New York City, which specializes in nineteenth-century British and American theater. He has lived his entire life in or around New York City, where most of Booth's Daughter is set. This is his first novel.

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LadyLibrarianHD More than 1 year ago
This coming-of-age tale describes the life of Edwina Booth. Daughter of the famous Edwin Booth, and niece of the infamous John Wilkes Booth. Growing up under such looming shadows at first seems not quite the struggle that it could have been for Edwina. Edwina knows exactly what to say when her infamous uncle is mentioned--she has no memory, after all she was just three when he died. She seems to relish in her father's fame and her highest hope is to marry an artist such as him. We slowly see how this all may just be a façade, an attempt for Edwina to deal with the madness she is surrounded with. She finds her artist, but his descent into madness causes her pause. Perhaps an artist's life is not her true desire. She is ready to face this truth, but is her father? Although this book is certainly accessible to a younger audience as indicated by the reading level, younger readers may pick it up and finish it. However, the book begins when the protagonist is 18 and continues until she is 23. The thoughts on madness vs. mental illness may also be a little beyond the comprehension of middle-schoolers as well. This could be a book to recommend to the girls who have grown up with the American Girls and are now in high school and seeking additional historical fiction.