So here I am back with another Waiting on Wednesday! “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spin and it’s all about sharing excitement over new releases. 😀
This week’s book is Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen.
In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction.” Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain’s life to a woman he was determined to destroy?
In Twain’s End, Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne’s husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain’s Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully kept veneers shatter.
Based on Isabel Lyon’s extant diary, Twain’s writings and letters, and events in Twain’s boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain’s End explores this real-life tale of doomed love.
I found out about this book through NetGalley, and as a big fan of Historical Fiction I couldn’t resist wanting it. I mean it’s about Mark Twain! I grew up reading Tom Sawyer and other short stories by this man. So a book about him? Yes please. And I was able to request a copy! Twain’s End comes out October 13th. I don’t think my review will be able to come out before that date, but I’ll definitely have it up soon after.
What are you waiting on this week? Does this book sound interesting to you? If you want, put a link to your WWW post in the comments, I’d love to check it out!