The Sealed Letter

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - Fiction - 396 pages
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"Based on a scandalous divorce case that gripped England in 1864, The Sealed Letter blends fact and invention to create a riveting, provocative drama of friends, lovers, and divorce - Victorian style." "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 her once-dear friend, the unhappily wed Helen Codrington, Fido is swept up in the intimate details of Helen's failing marriage to a stuffy admiral and her obsessive affair with a young army officer. What begins as a loyal effort to help a friend explodes into a courtroom drama that rivals the Clinton affair - complete with stained clothing, accusations of adultery, counterclaims of rape, and a mysterious sealed letter that could destroy more than one life." "The Sealed Letter is a page-turner of the most intelligent sort. Brought to life by Emma Donoghue's vivid characterizations and matchless eye for detail, here is a story remarkably relevant to contemporary issues of infidelity, propriety, and the media." --Book Jacket.
  

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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

Contents

Feme Covert
55
in Reasonable Suspicion
89
Engagement
105
Surveillance
133
Actus Reus
149
Desertion
163
Mutatis Mutandis
197
Counterclaim
219
Evidence
285
Sabotage
307
Contempt
317
Charge
329
Witness
337
Verdict 363
345
Feme Sole
371
Authors Note
391

Subpoena
233
Trial
247
Acknowledgements
399
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Emma Donoghue was born on October 24, 1969 in Dublin, Ireland. She received her BA degree from the University College Dublin and PhD in English from University of Cambridge. Her first novel was Stir Fry and it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 1994. Her next novel was Hood which won the 1997 American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Book Award for Literature. Her novel Slammerkin was a finalist in the 2001 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Fiction. The Sealed Letter, published in 2008, was her latest work of historical fiction. It is based on the Codrington Affair - which was a divorce case that captivated Britain in 1864. This work was the joint winner of the 2009 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction. She continued writing several award winning novels including the Room which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and on September 7, 2010 it made the short list. Her title Frog Music made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

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