From the Booker-shortlisted, million-copy bestselling author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves comes an epic novel about the infamous, ill-fated Booth family.
In 1822, a stage is set: Englishman Junius Booth – celebrated Shakespearean actor and man of mesmerising charm and instability – moves to a remote cabin outside Baltimore with his wife, who bears him ten children.
Of the six who survive infancy, each has their own dreams they must fight to realise, but it is John Wilkes – the hot-tempered but much-loved middle son – who, in 1865, fatally shoots Abraham Lincoln in a Washington theatre, changing the course of history.
What makes a murderer? His family or the world? And how can those who love him ever come to terms with his actions? Strikingly relevant to the world today, Booth is a riveting novel of one extraordinary family with a sharp focus on the very things that bind, and break, a family.