The Woman Who Loved John Wilkes Booth Author:Pamela Redford Russell "April 15, 1865: Washington, recovering from a brutal and bloody Civil War, was suddenly plunged into a Reign of Terror by an assassin's bullet. Thus John Wilkes Booth finally assured himself of the immortality he coveted. But who were the men and women who eventually swung from the scaffold, whose hooded bodies became innocent sacrifices to the... more » nation's hysteria? Pamela Russell tells the fascinating and little-known story of Mary Surratt, the only woman to be hanged for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and its subsequent effect on her daughter Annie.
Through the use of a fictitious but vividly imagined diary, Pamela Redford Russell goes beyond historical drama to create a novel of emotional depth and psychological penetration. The diary is Mary Surratt's only legacy to her daughter Annie - an unwanted legacy which Annie, completely withdrawn from life ten years after her mother's execution, is tempted to throw away."« less