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Twain's End

(2015)
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From the best-selling and highly acclaimed author of the "page-turning tale" (Library Journal) Mrs. Poe comes a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America's most iconic writer: Mark Twain.

In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction". Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain's life to a woman he was determined to destroy?

In Twain's End, Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller; her teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy; and Anne's husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain's Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully kept veneers shatter.

Based on Isabel Lyon's extant diary, Twain's writings and letters, and events in Twain's boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain's End explores this real-life tale of doomed love.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Twain's End (Wheeler Large Print Book Series)
Author(s): Lynn Cullen
ISBN: 1-4104-8621-4 / 978-1-4104-8621-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Publishing Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

October 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Twain's End
Author(s): Lynn Cullen
ISBN: 1-4767-5896-4 / 978-1-4767-5896-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Twain's End
Author(s): Lynn Cullen
ISBN: 1-4767-5897-2 / 978-1-4767-5897-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

October 2015 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Twain's End
Author(s): Lynn Cullen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Twain's End
Author(s): Lynn Cullen
Publisher: Gallery Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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