New Fiction Release by Rev. Jack R. Bonham Imaginatively Augments Chance Meeting of Former First Lady and Star of the Stage

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The author imagines what might have happened if well-respected stage actress Sarah Bernhardt and Abraham Lincoln's widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, had spent an afternoon together. It's a fact that on Oct. 23, 1880, Bernhart rescued the former first lady from death at sea. Interspersed with the imagined story of the two ladies is the tale of how John Wilkes Booth prepared to kill the president.

It is a fact that Sarah Bernhardt saved Mary Todd Lincoln’s life that fateful autumn day, but author Rev. Jack R. Bonham takes their meeting one step farther and wonders, what would happen if these two women spent an afternoon together?

On Oct. 23, 1880, Abraham Lincoln's widow was rescued from death at sea by one of the best known ladies of the stage; it is a fact that Sarah Bernhardt saved Mary Todd Lincoln’s life that fateful autumn day, but author Rev. Jack R. Bonham takes their meeting one step farther and wonders, what would happen if these two women spent an afternoon together? Through Bonham’s imaginings, Sarah Bernhardt helped the long-grieving Mary Lincoln put aside her sadness for a brief window of time and address the tragic events of that long-ago April.

Interspersed through the story of the two women is the tale of the preparations Lincoln’s assassin made prior to the deed that would cause the young actor’s name to live on forever. John Wilkes Booth killed a sitting president out of a misguided sense of justice, and his actions changed the course of U.S. history. The author creates an interesting juxtaposition between the events leading up to the assassination as well as the imagined time that Mary Lincoln, a much-maligned and misunderstood woman, spent with the inimitable Sarah Bernhardt, one of the greatest actresses of her time.

Acoustic Shadows: Mary Todd Lincoln’s Last Dance, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is a fascinating portrait of one of the most interesting first ladies in U.S. history. This sympathetic portrayal of a sad and tragic woman -- and the man who took it upon himself to end the president's life -- will keep the reader turning pages to the very end. Author Reverend Jack R. Bonham is an accomplished playwright who holds an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. Research for one of his plays caused him to stumble upon the interesting tidbit about Sarah Bernhardt rescuing the former first lady, and his own fertile imagination took over.

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ACOUSTIC SHADOWS: MARY TODD LINCOLN’S LAST DANCE
Rev. Jack R. Bonham

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-321-5                        204 pages                         $16.95 US

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