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Mar 08, 2022 | ISBN 9780593331439

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Most Anticipated Books 2022
Kirkus Reviews • Entertainment Weekly • Virginia Living • Veranda • The Millions

“The historical context [Fowler] offers is of a pre–Civil War America of deep moral divides, political differences tearing close families apart, populism and fanaticism run amok. The similarities to today are riveting and chilling.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Razor-sharp…Fowler sets the stage in remarkable prose….The nuanced plot is both historically rigorous and richly imagined. This is a winner.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“It’s been nine years since we had a new Karen Joy Fowler novel. . . . It’s definitely one we deserve.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Fowler presents an omniscient, bird’s-eye view of these lives, along with a nod to what could be apocryphal. The result is an engrossing portrayal of a nineteenth-century family living through the U.S.’ most turbulent era.” Booklist

“Booth is a triumph! No one writes like Karen Joy Fowler, and in this gripping family saga, she has taken a piece of American history we thought we knew and told it slant. With wit, heart, and revelatory insight,  she teases ghosts from their shadows, transforming the way we see the past, shedding new light on our troubled present.” —Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

“Like Tolstoy before her, and Natalia Ginzburg, Karen Joy Fowler understands that the only way to write about history is as clattery, complex dramas of ordinary people and their families—they become the stuff of history later. Booth is a subtly devastating meditation. . . . Its world—dense, granular, intricate—is created with immense care and precision, and rendered in prose of limpid, lyrical beauty. This is her finest, most beautiful novel to date.” —Neel Mukherjee, author of A State of Freedom

“What an extraordinary story. What a family. Gripping, clever, and the central issue is alive and kicking today.” —Sir Tom Courtenay

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