Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

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It’s a sympathetic and ironic rendering of a portion of Poe’s life that may or may not have some basis in fact or is possibly simply an intriguing fiction.
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Inspired by literature’s most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress’s tantalizing confession, and his wife’s frightening obsession in this new masterpiece of historical fiction to which Sara Gruen says, “Mrs. Poe had my heart racing...Don't miss it!”

And make sure to check out the captivating new novel from Lynn Cullen—Twain’s End—where the acclaimed author tells a fictionalized imagining of the relationship between iconic author Mark Twain and his personal secretary, Isabel Lyon.

1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is all the rage—the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband’s cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe’s writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence—and the surprising revelation that he admires her work.

What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair…and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar’s frail wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe’s tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself…

About Lynn Cullen

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LYNN CULLEN is the author of the critically praised novel The Creation of Eve, which was an IndieNext pick and was named the Best Historical Novel of 2010 by Atlanta magazine, as well as many acclaimed books for children. She lives with her husband in Atlanta, where she is at work on her next novel.
Published October 1, 2013 by Gallery Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on Sep 28 2013

It’s a sympathetic and ironic rendering of a portion of Poe’s life that may or may not have some basis in fact or is possibly simply an intriguing fiction.

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