The Sealed Letter
"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 withaccusations 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 OregonianEmma 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 Cambridgeand is nowa permanent Canadian resident. She lives in Ontario."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rainpebble - LibraryThing
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue; (2 1/2*) thoughts and comments: This is a story about a woman suffragist who is sucked into an old friend's unhappy marriage and trysts. The effect that it has on ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gayla.bassham - LibraryThing
My expectations were low, but I ended up really enjoying this book. I liked it far more than I liked Room, in fact. The characters were well-drawn, and the milieu felt right. It's not a brilliant book, but it is a very solid, compelling, absorbing piece of historical fiction. Read full review