Fates and Traitors: A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

13 CDs. 16 hrs. Recorded Bks. Sept. 2016. ISBN 9781470392529. $123.75. digital download. F
Chiaverini (Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule) here tells the story of John Wilkes Booth, scion of a noted acting family but best known for his assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Largely written in the voices of four key women in Wilkes's life—his mother, his sister, a potential fiancée, and the owner of the boarding house where he plotted the president's death—Chiaverini's fictionalized biography tries to flesh out this infamous name. Christina Moore brings a poignancy to her narration, especially to that of Wilkes's British mother, a Covent Garden flower seller who must engage with Junius Brutus Booth, the tormented genius who only later marries her. Moore lends a sympathetic note to Mary Surratt, the boarding house owner who has had a life of abuse and supports Booth's plans. The author's acknowledgments and bibliographic resources are not included in this recording.
VERDICT Recommended for historical fiction and historical romance fans. ["Readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially dealing with the Civil War, as well as fans of the author, will find this winning novel difficult to put down": LJ Xpress Reviews 9/2/16 starred review of the Dutton hc.]

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