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Booth

(2022)
A novel by

 
 
From the Man Booker finalist and bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth.

In 1822, a secret family moves into a secret cabin some thirty miles northeast of Baltimore, to farm, to hide, and to bear ten children over the course of the next sixteen years. Junius Booth—breadwinner, celebrated Shakespearean actor, and master of the house in more ways than one—is at once a mesmerizing talent and a man of terrifying instability. One by one the children arrive, as year by year, the country draws frighteningly closer to the boiling point of secession and civil war.
 
As the tenor of the world shifts, the Booths emerge from their hidden lives to cement their place as one of the country’s leading theatrical families. But behind the curtains of the many stages they have graced, multiple scandals, family triumphs, and criminal disasters begin to take their toll, and the solemn siblings of John Wilkes Booth are left to reckon with the truth behind the destructively specious promise of an early prophecy.
 
Booth is a startling portrait of a country in the throes of change and a vivid exploration of the ties that make, and break, a family.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"With each book, Karen Joy Fowler masterfully fuses style with subject, prose with plot, and explores the terrifying power that parents wield. Booth brilliantly cracks open the history of a country and a family and shows us the private secrets and suspicions that run underneath." - Jonathan Lee

"Booth is a subtly devastating meditation on how the USA arrived at this troubled point in its present history by looking at a mid-nineteenth-century family. Its world - dense, granular, intricate - is created with immense care and precision ... This is her finest, most beautiful novel to date." - Neel Mukherjee

"Booth is a triumph! No one writes like Karen Joy Fowler. 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

"Accomplished, immersive, and profoundly satisfying. BOOTH is both highly relevant to modern life and a fully realised piece of fiction. I loved learning about the Booth family and all their eccentricities, set against the backdrop of American history. I can't praise it highly enough, what a range Karen Joy Fowler has." - Cathy Rentzenbrink


Used availability for Karen Joy Fowler's Booth

Hardback Editions

March 2022 : UK Hardback
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Title: BOOTH: From the million copy bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-78816-863-1 / 978-1-78816-863-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2022 : USA Hardback
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-593-33143-5 / 978-0-593-33143-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

February 2023 : USA Paperback
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-593-33145-1 / 978-0-593-33145-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: Booth (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-593-55649-6 / 978-0-593-55649-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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March 2022 : USA Paperback
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 0-593-54155-3 / 978-0-593-54155-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin LCC US
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
ISBN: 1-78816-967-0 / 978-1-78816-967-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

March 2022 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


March 2022 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon   


March 2022 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2022 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: BOOTH: From the million copy bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


March 2022 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Booth
Author(s): Karen Joy Fowler
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA