Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

July 19, 2010
Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Asia Booth Clarke who is placed under house arrest the night her brother shot President Lincoln. The book is divided into two parts, part one is when Asia reflects on her childhood and the second takes place in adulthood after the murder of President Lincoln.

The first part (young Asia) of Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer was difficult to read and confusing, but the second part (adult Asia) was interesting with its perspective and easier to get through. Even though this book is supposed to be historical fiction, I got the impression that the first part, about Asia’s youth, was mostly fiction and felt disjointed.

The writing style is old fashioned and heavy handed, I believe the author used Asia’s diary and /or memories as a guideline but the style didn’t work for me; to boot there are a lot of Shakespeare quotations peppered around the book, understandable since the Booths were a family of famous Shakespearean actors, but instead of adding to the story I felt it just made it more difficult to read (too much of a good thing?).

To be honest, I don’t know what to think of this book.

I never really got into the novel even though it was certainly an interesting read. From what I understand, author Jane Singer used Asia Booth’s diary as her basis for this book which makes her take on the events following the assassination of President Lincoln unique.
Even though I read a lot of history (compare to the average bear) I never realized that Booth’s sister had such a pull on him. “Booth’s Sister” is still interesting because the book tells about an event we all know about, but from a fresh (to me) perspective. I was really looking forward to reading this book, maybe that’s why I was not too thrilled with it.

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.
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One Comment

  • BrennaJuly 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    It sounds like this would be an interesting book if it were executed properly.

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