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The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

The Secret Life of Mrs. London

Rebecca Rosenberg

Lake Union Publishing

9781542048736, $14.95, PB, 348pp,

Synopsis: In San Francisco, 1915, America teeters on the brink of entering into World War I. Famed novelist Jack London and his wife Charmian wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness.

Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn't see it that way--until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian's eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.

As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack's increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history's most mysterious and charismatic figures, Charmian must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.

Critique: A truly absorbing, compelling, and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end, Rebecca Rosenberg's "The Secret Life of Mrs. London" is an extraordinary novel deftly crafted by an author who is an expert at narrative storytelling and who has a positive gift for creating truly memorable characters. In a novel that does full justice to the adventurous lives of both Jack London and Harry Houdini (as well as Charmian!), "The Secret Life of Mrs. London" will be an immediately popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Secret Life of Mrs. London" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $3.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Brilliance Audio, 9781978624474, $14.99, MP3 CD).

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Date:Jan 1, 2019
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