A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife
and her revenge . . .
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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