The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

Susan Holloway Scott. Kensington, $16.95 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-1-4967-1918-8
Scott (I, Eliza Hamilton) imagines the life of Mary Emmons, an enslaved woman from India who had a relationship with Aaron Burr, providing her a voice that highlights the hypocrisy and cruelty of the white imperialists around her. Born in Calcutta and sold into slavery at age eight, Mary learns at an early age to use her wits survive. She is brought to the American colonies on the eve of revolution and is eventually sold to the wife of Col. Aaron Burr, Theodosia Prevost. Mary is drawn to the kind, enigmatic Burr, and as they tend to the dying Theodosia, he and Mary begin an affair that challenges the rules of society and the very notions of freedom at the heart of the new American experiment. While the plot and pacing can be plodding and predictable, Scott’s deeply empathetic heroine is sure to keep readers hooked; both her inner strength and the strength of her relationships—such as the connection she has to her fellow enslaved people in India—elevate and anchor the story. Though not exactly revolutionary, this is a moving and vivid work of historical fiction. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/17/2019
Release date: 09/24/2019
Genre: Fiction
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