In this engrossing novel about politics, love, war, and one of history's most misunderstood and enigmatic women, a famous widower shares the story of her life. From Mary's tempestuous childhood in a slave-holding Southern family through the opium-clouded years after her husband's death, readers are let into the inner, intimate world of Mary Todd Lincoln.
I am hooked already (1st day). Part of me is saying the true history buffs might be questioning this....it did seem as if MTL was answering the doctor's questions the way a 21st c woman would but what the heck...I loved it and am looking forward to more of this book. Historical fiction is my favorite even if it's sometimes more fiction than history but I usually come away with a little more feel for whatever the time period than before. Happy New Yr!
You know who can say what really happened in history unless you were there--and even then every single person has their own take on how things went down. We generally see things "as we are" not as they actually are. We all have our own perceptions. I do not put a lot of faith in 'historical account'; because it is just one's opinion based on perception of a particular period in time. In any event, Ms. Newman is an excellent writer.
I do not understand the point of this type of historical fiction. If it is going to be sooo fictional, make up a character. You're not really talking about Mary Todd Lincoln here, just using her name and husband. I am also not a fan of stories in which the hero IS a hero simply by virtue of a 21st century mindset in an earlier time.
This book offers a slightly different slant on Mrs. Lincoln than what I expected. This is new knowledge for me and I find it all very interesting. It would seem that a number of "First Ladies" have had problems that were descreetly handled. I am enjoying the book immensely and will be adding it to my shopping list for my next buying venture.
I agree with Lisa - do not like fictionalized books about actual historical characters - would prefer to read a non-fictional account of his/her lives - I do like historical books which are set in actual times with fictional characters -
Did we not have this book in the club once before in the non-fiction category which if I am remembering correctly, stirred up quite a bit of discussion on this same subject -
Doris: I think you are right. As soon as I saw the title, I thought "This is a repeat - how strange". I am enjoying the read and have reserved an audio copy from the library. Only one book a month gets my sit down and read time, the others I listen to while cooking or doing errands.
Well, I am glad I started reading the pages that you have sent to me. I did not read the first ones as I was at a very busy time in my life but as things slowed I began to read begining with the cholora book ( the title escapes me at the moment but not to worry I have written it down) and now Mary which I am enjoying. I will be getting both of these from the library to finish.
I would not have selected either of these books on my own. I also enjoy your personal notes. Thanks, C.
Loving this book so far, just will have to get it and finish it...I love a good historical fiction and the author Ms Newman writes very well. Hope everyone loves it too. Thanks, Suzanne for offering it to us.