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A new novel regarding J. W. Booth and the women in his life; i.e. Mary Ann Booth, Asia Booth Clarke, Lucy Hale and Mary Surratt, will debut in September 2016.
Should prove interesting.
I've enjoyed the author's other novels. Looking forward to this one.
...and Susan, we're looking forward to YOURS!
I second Betty!
Has this book been discussed already? If so please delete this Smile If not what do you think:

"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."
(09-22-2016 11:21 AM)RJNorton Wrote: [ -> ]

Still upset that she turned down an invitation to speak at the Surratt conference in 2017... But, glad to see that she frequented the Wisconsin State Historical Society while researching the book. They have been members of the Surratt Society for about 30 years and have the complete collection of our newsletters.
I'm in the middle of reading it right now! I picked up her Mrs Grant and Madame Jule on a $3.99 book table at my grocery store just before my surgery, and read it when I came home from rehab. So as soon as this one came in, my daughter borrowed it from her library for me.
In today's USA Today Jocelyn McClurg gives a review with a final summation of " If there is a flaw in Chiaverini's history play, it's her failure to strip Booth of his pretty-boy glamour and pierce his dark heart. He remains, as ever, an enigma."
And as long as he remains an enigma, he'll be a topic in American history for many of us. Wonder how an FBI profiler would analyze him??
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