Mary, Mrs. A. Lincoln by Janis Cooke Newman - 621 pages
Mary Todd Lincoln is one of history’s most misunderstood and enigmatic women. The first president’s wife to be called First Lady, she was a political strategist, a supporter of emancipation, and a mother who survived the loss of three children and the assassination of her beloved husband. Yet she also ran her family into debt, held seances in the White House, and was committed to an insane asylum. In Janis Cooke Newman’s debut novel, Mary Todd Lincoln shares the story of her life in her own words. Writing from Bellevue Place asylum, she takes readers from her tempestuous childhood in a slaveholding Southern family through the years after her husband’s death. A dramatic tale filled with passion and depression, poverty and ridicule, infidelity and redemption, Mary allows us entry into the inner, intimate world of this brave and fascinating woman.
My Review: 4.5 stars
Tags: Historical Fiction, 2009, Book Club
This was a fascinating story of the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. What a sad life she lived. From losing her mother at an early age, to losing many of her own children and husband; she had a lot to overcome. I found her forwardness in the bedroom (and out of it), her seances in the White House and her shopping addictions to be completely an effect of what she had survived in her younger years. Her time in the asylum were hard to read and described perfectly for the times. I learned so much at an enjoyable pace with interesting historical information.
I will never look at my $5 dollar bills the same!
Labels: 2009, Book Club, Historical Fiction