The Sealed Letter

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Fiction - 396 pages
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"Mid-Victorian London feels so real you can almost taste it. . . . Masterful." --"Washington Post Book World"

Miss Emily "Fido" Faithfull is a "woman of business" and a spinster pioneer in the British women's movement, independent of mind but naively trusting of heart. Distracted from her cause by the sudden return of a once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen's failing marriage and obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into an intriguing courtroom drama complete with accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious letter that could destroy more than one life.

Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, "The Sealed Letter" is a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian-style."[A] cozily lurid novel." "--The New York Times Book Review"

"[A]n intriguing tale of mystery and passion." --"The Oregonian""" Emma Donoghue is an Irish novelist, playwright, and historian. Her novel "Slammerkin" was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and a host of other publications. She received a BA from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is now a permanent Canadian resident. She lives in Ontario.

  

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User Review  - sarahzilkastarke - LibraryThing

For all the hype it's really kind of mediocre. Clinton era divorce in victorian england. It's a historical novel with all the dirty words left in. Really there wasn't much to it. Wife is a whore ... Read full review

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User Review  - Genia Lukin - Goodreads

If my 1 and 5-star reviews are rumoured to be entertaining, this one is likely to be quite lackluster. Mostly because I found neither nothing spectacularly bad not spectacularly good to say about the ... Read full review

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Emma Donoghue is an Irish novelist, playwright, and historian. Her novel Slammerkin was a Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and a host of other publications. She received a BA from University College Dublin and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is now a permanent Canadian resident. She lives in Ontario.

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