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Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

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 “intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive” (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction.

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.

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  • Shirley G

    always an interesting discussion

    February 19, 2014

  • Heather R.

    Darn….my husband's car broke down this afternoon so I have to go and pick him up from work tonight. Looks like I'm missing another one.

    February 18, 2014

    • Natalie

      Sorry to hear that. Hope to catch you next time!

      February 18, 2014

  • Jamee

    I came down with a cold over the weekend. I loved the book though! It was an interesting read. I hope you guys enjoy discussing it tonight.

    February 18, 2014

    • Natalie

      Too bad. I'm glad you enjoyed the book and I hope you feel better soon!

      February 18, 2014

  • Lola M.

    Really want to, but Club is landing on weeks I have my teen. Bummer! Will make the ones I can.

    January 13, 2014

  • Cynthia

    oOOOh, just saw it....!
    Am good....!

    December 12, 2013

  • Cynthia

    What is the January choice?

    December 12, 2013

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