The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames by Justine Cowan audiobook

The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames: A Memoir

By Justine Cowan
Read by Lisa Flanagan

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062991010

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799970934

  • ISBN: 9781799970927

  • ISBN: 9781799970941

Runtime: 8.21 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Memoirs

A riveting family drama evocative of Angela’s Ashes and The Glass Castle, about a woman who discovers the shocking secret at the center of her mother’s life.

Justine had always been told that her mother came from royal blood. The proof could be found in her mother’s elegance, her uppercrust London accent—and in a cryptic letter hinting at her claim to a country estate. But beneath the polished veneer lay a fearsome, unpredictable temper that drove Justine from home the moment she was old enough to escape. Years later, when her mother sent her an envelope filled with secrets from the past, Justine buried it in the back of an old filing cabinet.

Overcome with grief after her mother’s death, Justine found herself drawn back to that envelope. Its contents revealed a mystery that stretched back to the early years of World War II and beyond, into the dark corridors of the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children. Established in the eighteenth century to raise “bastard” children to clean chamber pots for England’s ruling class, the institution was tied to some of history’s most influential figures and events. From its role in the development of solitary confinement and human medical experimentation to the creation of the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, its impact on Western culture continues to reverberate. It was also the environment that shaped a young girl known as Dorothy Soames, who bravely withstood years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a sadistic headmistress—a resilient child who dreamed of escape as German bombers rained death from the skies.

Heartbreaking, surprising, and unforgettable, The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is the true story of one woman’s quest to understand the secrets that had poisoned her mother’s mind, and her startling discovery that her family’s fate had been sealed centuries before.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This frank account of a real-life Dickensian dystopia captivates at every turn.” Publishers Weekly
“Cowan has the doggedness of a public-interest lawyer and a writer’s eye for detail.” New York Times
“A riveting, heartbreaking, and ultimately healing journey of discovery.”  Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Justine Cowan

Author Bio: Justine Cowan

Justine Cowan is an attorney and environmentalist who spent over two decades exposing corporate corruption and holding polluters accountable. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Duke University School of Law. The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is her first book.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 8.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English