Mrs. Engels: A Novel

Mrs. Engels: A Novel

by Gavin McCrea


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"The illiterate lover and eventual wife of a coauthor of The Communist Manifesto is the star of this enthralling work of historical fiction."O: The Oprah Magazine

"Lizzie has been brought to life with exuberant force."The New York Times

"Impressive. . . . A memorable portrait of a woman looking for a cause of her own, distinct from the one made famous by her husband."The Wall Street Journal

"Lizzie is as spirited a narrator as a reader could hope to encounter."The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman and longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s debut novel, Lizzie is finally given a voice that won’t be forgotten.

Lizzie is a poor worker in the Manchester, England, mill that Frederick owns. When they move to London to be closer to Karl Marx and family, she must learn to navigate the complex landscapes of Victorian society. We are privy to Lizzie’s intimate, wry views on Marx and Engels’s mission to spur revolution among the working classes, and to her ambivalence toward her newly circumstances.

Yet despite their profound differences, Lizzie and Frederick are drawn together in this high-spirited love story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936787296
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 751,825
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gavin McCrea was born in Dublin in 1978 and has since travelled widely, living in New York, Japan, and Italy, among other places. He holds an M.A. from University College Dublin, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia. He currently lives in London, England and northern Spain.

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