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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980245338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980245332
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm

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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Transporting! 6 Aug. 2008
By Moah Anboss - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love this book. Jane Singer is an amazing writer. Often I would go back and slowly re-read a sentence just to savor it. Particularly compelling is the multi-dimensional relationship between Asia and John first as children then, as innocence wanes, adults. I found myself wanting to know more about John and his motivations but that's for another book (Hopefully one by Ms. Singer) The histrionics of the father were amusing but I would have liked to get to know him not always "on". With Asia, I felt I knew her so well by the end of the book: her bravery, her fears, her playfulness, beautifully revealed by the author. All in all it's a wonderful story and I found myself wanting more.

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Historically Inaccurate to an Incredible Degree 25 Mar. 2010
By K. Vaughan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
While I realize this book is the author's re-creation of what she believed Asia Booth's life was like, the imposition of 21'st century lifestyles and her beliefs onto a character who lived in mid-1800's America was so awful I could not finish reading it. Although impoverished, and at a time when most families could typically only afford a Bible in their home, we are to believe that in John & Asia Booth's childhood home, "Books were stuffed under chairs and tables...piled high as a man's head."

When there was little to eat, we are expected to believe that only Johnnie and Asia Booth are working the farm ("I don't mind the work, Gillie. It makes me muscled.") while others sit around getting educated, acting as an audience. ("The Negroes are godly good folk and will be made wiser by the verses.")

The book plays into an awful stereotype: "The Negroes would rather be an audience than farm."

Finally, the book seemed the author's way of stuffing in as many quotes from other sources as she could, which I found very distracting. As stated above, I could not finish the book - an extremely rare occurrence for me.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Exquisitely Written 30 July 2008
By J. Rubiner - Published on
Format: Paperback
I see another review for this title seems to have neglected to notice that it is fiction. And it's beautiful fiction. Much of the writing has the lilt and imagery of poetry. It's a wonderfully imagined story and chock full of fascinating history. All around, a great read.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Excellent historical novel 6 Mar. 2010
By Lillian L. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was quite taken by this book. As a student of Lincoln, I am an avid reader of all things associated with him, and was certainly drawn to this title. The historical accuracy was quite impressive, all the way up to John Wilkes Booth's last words as he lay dying. It is written as a period piece, so any "flowery" wording is most acceptable. One never considers what happens to the relatives of infamous criminals, particularly Booth, arguably the most infamous of them all. I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Love it or hate it 19 April 2010
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I don't do a lot of reviews but decided I needed to do this one. It is a book that you love or hate, but personally, I liked it. If you have a Kindle try a sample. Booth's sister, Asia, wanted to be the actor and the favorite son but her brother got both parts. They have an intimate but not quite incestuous relationship and their crazy father made a mess of them both. As John Wilkes becomes more and more a confederate, pro-slavery radical,Asia struggles with her love of him and her opposition to his politics. Attitudes toward women are also a big factor in this book. Since they are all a little psychotic, the style is apparently not appealing to some, but I liked it. Don't make a decision on the overall average rating.
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