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 - jan.fleming - LibraryThing
Synopsis After a separation of many years, Emily 'Fido' Faithfull bumps into her old friend Helen Codrington on the streets of Victorian London. Much has changed: Helen is more and more unhappy in her ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jayne_charles - LibraryThing
Telling the story of a Victorian divorce, this novel underlines just how far we have come in terms of women’s liberation since those times. Though slow at the start, it comes into its own as the court ... Read full review