‘Booth’: Modern epic about family behind Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

‘Booth’: Modern epic about family behind Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

This however is far from a boring history lesson! With a tender yet raw writing style, Fowler takes readers behind the scenes into the crazy world of this family  of celebrated actors.

Booth is also the perfect book for theatre lovers out there. Almost every page is steeped in Shakespeare and poetry, making this novel a true work of art.

FOWLER PERFECTLY CAPTURES THE LARGE FAMILY DYNAMIC

Often, when writers tackle complex stories of a large family, they fail to accurately capture what it really is like growing up and existing as one of many.

Fowler, however, encapsulates so beautifully what it is like to be part of a the dynamics of a large family. In fact, she captures all the nuances, all the small, fleeting feelings that form the identity of members of such a family.

My favourite thing about this book is the way that Fowler describes the inner world of the characters. As a reader you feel their pain and their joy, as they love and hate each other. All in all, Booth is truly a superb modern-day epic, with writing and characters that shine on every page.

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‘BOOTH’ SYNOPSIS

From the bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth.

In 1822, a family moves into a secret cabin some thirty miles northeast of Baltimore, to farm and to hide. Junius Booth—celebrated Shakespearean actor and master of the house in all ways—is at once a mesmerizing talent and a man of terrifying instability.

One by one the children arrive, as year by year, the country draws closer to civil war. As the children grow and the tenor of the world shifts, the Booths cement their place as one of the country’s leading theatrical families. But behind the curtains of the many stages they have graced, multiple scandals, family triumphs, and disasters begin to take their toll.

A startling portrait of a country on the brink of change and a vivid exploration of brother- and sisterhood, Booth is a riveting novel focused on the very things that bind, and break, a family.

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Joy Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels and three short story collections. In fact, her 2004 novel, The Jane Austen Book Club, spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Her debut novel, Sarah Canary was even a New York Times Notable Book. Finally, her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was short-listed for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.

Fowler and her husband, who have two grown children and seven grandchildren, live in Santa Cruz, California.

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