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Calkins Creek
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-322-1

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The niece of Lincoln's assassin comes to terms with her family's genius and tragic history. In March 1880 at age eighteen, Edwina is experiencing many new things. For the first time she sees her actor father, Edwin Booth, in King Lear, a play he had considered "too harsh for a young lady." For the first time she finds herself squarely facing the burden carried by her family name for more than a decade: the assassination of President Lincoln by her uncle John Wilkes Booth. And for the first time she is in love, with Downing Vaux, an artist whose father, like Edwina's, is famous. Edwina leaves Downing behind when her father insists that she accompany him on a year-long theatrical tour abroad. Downing is loyal, however, and when she returns to New York, they become engaged. But when the assassination of President Garfield thrusts the Booth family back into the limelight, Edwina finds that she must travel abroad again with her father, and Downing's devotion is tested. Forced to reexamine her life, Edwina faces a difficult choice between duty and the pursuit of happiness.


"[Wemmlinger's] quick-moving and well-written story employs appropriately old-fashioned speech, and beliefs and the result is enthralling." --Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of Ann Rinaldi will be drawn to Wemmlinger's impeccably researched and compelling debut." --Publishers Weekly

"An interesting picture of upper middle class existence in this debut novel set at a time when women were just beginning to see themselves as autonomous." --School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Raymond Wemmlinger

Raymond Wemmlinger is the curator and librarian at The Hampden-Booth Theatre Library, New York City, which specializes in nineteenth-century British and American theater. He has lived his entire life in or around New York City, where most of Booth's Daughter is set. This is his first novel.

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