On Tuesday, March 9, at 2 p.m., the Let’s Talk About It Book Club from Thomaston Public Library will meet over Zoom to continue their discussion of historical novels based on characters that have helped shape our culture with Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen.
From the publisher:
“A vivid and compelling novel about a woman who becomes entangled in an affair with Edgar Allan Poe — at the same time she becomes the unwilling confidante of his much-younger wife.
“It is 1845, and Frances Osgood is desperately trying to make a living as a writer in New York; not an easy task for a woman — especially one with two children and a philandering portrait painter as her husband. As Frances tries to sell her work, she finds that editors are only interested in writing similar to that of the new renegade literary sensation Edgar Allan Poe, whose poem The Raven has struck a public nerve.
“She meets the handsome and mysterious Poe at a literary party, and the two have an immediate connection. Poe wants Frances to meet with his wife since she claims to be an admirer of her poems, and Frances is curious to see the woman whom Edgar married.
“As Frances spends more and more time with the intriguing couple, her intense attraction for Edgar brings her into dangerous territory. And Mrs. Poe, who acts like an innocent child, is actually more manipulative and threatening than she appears. As Frances and Edgar’s passionate affair escalates, Frances must decide whether she can walk away before it’s too late...”
The Let’s Talk About It Book Club was born of a Maine Humanities Council-sponsored discussion series at Thomaston Public Library several years ago and meets the second Tuesday of every month to read and discuss a set of five to six books grouped around a common theme. Contact the library at (207) 354-2453 or email@example.com for more information or to be added to the email list.