Mrs Lincoln

Janis Cooke Newman

Mrs Lincoln

Incarcerated in an insane asylum after committal proceedings instigated by her own son, Mary Lincoln resolves to tell her own story in order to preserve and to prove her own sanity - a story of passion and ambition, of extravagance and hardship. Considered scandalous by a society in which women were expected to conform, Mary Lincoln attended seances, aired her own political opinions and ran up huge debts with her compulsive spending. Here she reveals the events and relationships which shaped her life, from her childhood in a Southern slave-owning family, through the fulfillment of a black conjure woman's prophesy, to Lincoln's assassination and the truth behind the scandals which hit the headlines. But ultimately, can she say enough to prove she is sane and win back her freedom? 4.2 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Mrs Lincoln

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Classification Fiction
Genre Historical Fiction
Format Hardback
Pages 576
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication March 2008
ISBN 978-1905802104
Publisher Myrmidon Books
 

Incarcerated in an insane asylum after committal proceedings instigated by her own son, Mary Lincoln resolves to tell her own story in order to preserve and to prove her own sanity - a story of passion and ambition, of extravagance and hardship. Considered scandalous by a society in which women were expected to conform, Mary Lincoln attended seances, aired her own political opinions and ran up huge debts with her compulsive spending. Here she reveals the events and relationships which shaped her life, from her childhood in a Southern slave-owning family, through the fulfillment of a black conjure woman's prophesy, to Lincoln's assassination and the truth behind the scandals which hit the headlines. But ultimately, can she say enough to prove she is sane and win back her freedom?

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Holly Kyte

It is a long, sombre tale, but this epic drama exerts an irresistible pull, chiefly because it boasts such a riveting and well-drawn heroine... As a memoir, Mrs Lincoln is Mary's personal testimony to prove (to herself more than anyone) that she is not deranged. As a novel, it's an impressive, engrossing and moving piece of historical imagining and characterisation, which is given weight and authenticity by Newman's dedicated research as well as her evident affection for a woman who she believes was locked up simply for loving too much.

04/05/2008

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The Times

Sarah Emily Miano

Janis Cooke Newman's fictional debut is a tender and thoughtful portrait of a 19th- century woman severely misunderstood... Mrs Lincoln unfolds with plenty to inspire, and is all the more poignant for a timely arrival, as a former president's wife and an African-American compete for the Democratic nomination.

15/04/2009

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