Harriet and Isabella

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 8, 2008 - Fiction - 320 pages
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It is 1887, and Henry Ward Beecher lies dying. Reporters from around the world, eager for one last story about the most lurid scandal of their time, descend on Brooklyn Heights, their presence signaling the beginning of the voracious appetite for fallen celebrities we know so well today.

When Henry Ward Beecher was put on trial for adultery in 1875, the question of his guilt or innocence was ferociously debated. His trial not only split the country, it split apart his family, causing a particularly bitter rift between his sisters, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Isabella Beecher Hooker, an ardent suffragist. Harriet remained loyal to Henry, while Isabella called publicly for him to admit his guilt. What had been a loving, close relationship between two sisters plummeted into bitter blame and hurt.

Harriet and Isabella each had a major role in the social revolutions unfolding around them, but what happened in their hearts when they were forced to face a question of justice much closer to home? Now they struggle: who best served Henry -- the one who was steadfast or the one who demanded honesty?
 

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User Review  - julie10reads - LibraryThing

Novel about the turbulent, often destructive, relationships between the assertive Beecher siblings as they pursue various causes: suffragism, abolitionism, education, temperance, women's rights and ... Read full review

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User Review  - MichelleCH - LibraryThing

I was expecting so much more when I started this book, the characters were shallow and I really didn't care about them at all. The leaps in time became annoying and the depiction of the sisters felt ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
35
Section 4
55
Section 5
69
Section 6
89
Section 7
99
Section 8
119
Section 11
177
Section 12
193
Section 13
207
Section 14
219
Section 15
233
Section 16
247
Section 17
265
Section 18
299

Section 9
139
Section 10
157
Section 19
303
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About the author (2008)

Patricia O'Brien is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Glory Cloak and co-author of I Know Just What You Mean, a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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