The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

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The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue

The Sealed Letter  is a fictional account of an actual legal battle that took place in England in 1864. The battle was a case of divorce made even more scandalous with the suggestion of a secret, sealed letter. In 1864 it was not common for husbands and wives to divorce and unfortunately, it required much more than just the paper work involved in similar situations in modern times.

Emily Faithful, a leading member of the earliest Women’s right movements in Britain and an accomplished journalist and business woman, finds herself an unwilling witness to the events that culminate in the case recorded as Codrington v. Codrington.  Emily, known to her friends as Fido, learns that neither the truth nor a lie can get her out of the center of this 19th century media circus.  And that letter!  Will she ever know if its contents might lead to her own scandalous downfall?

Emma Donoghue weaves the story of an unhappy spouse who seems to convince only the naïve Fido that every guilty pleasure taken is totally justifiable.  Written with a serious knowledge of the language, values and the environment of the 1800’s, the author easily takes the reader back in time and to a place where women were just beginning the battle to emerge as equals to men.

The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue,   Copyright 2008

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