Fates and Traitors

Fates and Traitors

A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

Book - 2016
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"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. The world would not look upon his like again. John Wilkes Booth--driven son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl, whose misguided quest to avenge the vanquished Confederacy led him to commit one of the most notorious acts in the annals of America--has been the subject of scholarship, speculation, and even obsession. Though in his plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln Booth did not act alone--"I am determined to be a villain," he tragically prophesized on the occasion of his acclaimed 1862 New York City debut in the role of Richard III--he is often portrayed as a shadowy figure, devoid of human connection. Yet four women were integral in the life of this unquiet American: Mary Ann, the mother he revered above all but country; his sister and confidante, Asia; Lucy Lambert Hale, the senator's daughter who loved him; and the Confederate widow Mary Surratt, to whom he entrusted the secrets of his vengeful wrath. In Fates and Traitors, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini renders for the first time as fiction the compelling interplay between these pivotal actors--some willing, others unwitting--who made an indelible mark on the history of our nation"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, [2016]
ISBN: 9780525954309
Branch Call Number: CHIAVERINI
Characteristics: 385 pages : map ; 24 cm


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You'll enjoy the stories of 4 interesting women in this book, all of whom had an influence on John Wilkes Booth: his mother Mary Ann, sister Asia, fiancee Lucy Lambert Hale, and Mary Surratt, the proprietress of the boarding house where the conspirators planned Lincoln's assassination. Very true ... Read More »

The factually true story of the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, told through the eyes of four women who had a large impact on John Wilkes Booth. Everyone in the book club had a different opinion of the role of the women in his life and what caused him to shoot the president.

John Wilkes Booth's life story is revealed by the four women who knew him best; his beloved mother, his adoring sister, his secret fiancé, and his co-conspirator.

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Jun 21, 2019

Assuming that this book is based upon historical research, not invention, I found the stories of the lives of the many people who were related to / involved with John Wilkes Booth to be fascinating. We all know the basic facts of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln - perhaps even the derivation of the idiom: my name is mud.... I have never read the history / story from the perspective of Booth. Even knowing how the story ends I was very involved in the lives around the killer. I now want to read the history. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Oct 19, 2016

I enjoyed reading about John Wilkes Booth's family life and how that could have affected him. His father was a famous stage actor and he lived in the theater growing up. Jennifer Chiaverini brings us another great historical fiction book.


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