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Henry and Clara
Thomas Mallon
Adult Fiction MALLON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This novel is based on the lives of Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris, a couple who were sharing President Lincoln's box at the Ford Theater the evening he was assassinated. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Maj. Henry Rathbone and his fiancée, Clara Harris, sat with President and Mrs. Lincoln in the box at Ford's Theater on the fateful evening of April 15, 1865. Rathbone, knifed by the escaping John Wilkes Booth, lay close to death himself for several days. Mallon's novel is based upon the couple's lives in the wake of this pivotal event. Well written and with a fine eye for the politics of Civil War times, this book will please the history buff. However, the story lacks a sense of adventure and romance, largely because of an imbalance in the portrayal of the main characters. Fully and believably depicted, Clara Harris becomes someone the reader can genuinely care about; Henry Rathbone isn't, and doesn't. In the first half he is physically distant from the action; later, he is physically present but emotionally withdrawn. For larger fiction collections only.-James F. DeRoche, Alexandria, Va. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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