Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him

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Penguin, 2017 - Fiction - 416 pages
The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence.

John Wilkes Booth, the mercurial son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, committed one of the most notorious acts in American history--the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The subject of more than a century of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession, Booth is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, a violent loner whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. Lost to history until now is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return: Mary Ann, the steadfast matriarch of the Booth family; Asia, his loyal sister and confidante; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator's daughter who adored Booth yet tragically misunderstood the intensity of his wrath; and Mary Surratt, the Confederate widow entrusted with the secrets of his vengeful plot.

Fates and Traitors brings to life pivotal actors--some willing, others unwitting--who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation. Chiaverini portrays not just a soul in turmoil but a country at the precipice of immense change.

 

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User Review  - brangwinn - LibraryThing

I love Chiaverini’s historical fiction books. As with all the rest I was pulled into this story about John Wilkes Booth. At first, I was confused by what seemed like a disjointed story, but then I ... Read full review

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User Review  - eawsmom - LibraryThing

Thanks to the other reviewer who mentioned "Hanging Mary," I now know why portions of this book seemed very familiar. I, too, read "Hanging Mary" and while the verbiage differed, I was still plagued ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
79
Section 3
131
Section 4
209
Section 5
292
Section 6
308
Section 7
374
Section 8
383
Section 9
389
Section 10
391
Section 11
393
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JENNIFER CHIAVERINI is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, Fates and Traitors, and other acclaimed works of historical fiction, as well as the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

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