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Mrs. Engels (Reprint) (Paperback) (Gavin Mccrea)

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Richly imagined. . . beautifully realized”starred review, Publishers WeeklyThis is the best kind of historical fiction."Lucy Scholes, The Independent"Grabs the reader from the first sentence and doesn't let go."starred review,Kirkus ReviewsVery little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, coauthor ofThe Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea’s first novel, the unsung Lizzie is finally given a voice that won’t be forgotten.Lizzie is a poor worker in the Manchester, England, mill that Frederick owns. When they move to London to be closer to Karl Marx and his family, she must learn to navigate the complex landscapes of Victorian society. We are privy to Lizzie’s intimate, wry views on Marx and Engels’s mission to spur revolution among the working classes, and to her ambivalence toward her newly luxurious circumstances. Lizzie is haunted by her first love (a revolutionary Irishman), burdened by a sense of duty to right past mistakes, and torn between a desire for independence and the pragmatic need to be cared for.Despite or because of their differencesin nationality, class, education, and religionLizzie and Frederick remain drawn to each other, makingMrs. Engels a complex and high-spirited love story.
Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, co-author ofThe Communist Manifesto. In Gavin McCrea?s first novel, she is finally given a voice, one that won?t easily be forgotten.

Lizzie is a worker in the Manchester, England, cotton mill that Frederick owns. When they move to a posh townhouse in London to be closer to Karl Marx and his family, she must learn to navigate Victorian society. We are privy to Lizzie?s intimate, wry, and astute views of Marx and Engels?s mission to spur revolution among the working classes, and to her ambivalence toward her newly luxurious circumstances. Haunted by her first love (a revolutionary Irishman), burdened by a sense of duty to right past mistakes, and torn between a desire for independence and the pragmatic need to be taken care of, Lizzie knows, as she says, that the world doesn?t happen how you think it will. The secret is to soften to it, and to take its blows.? Despite or because of their differencesin nationality, class, education, and religionLizzie and Frederick remain drawn to each other, making Mrs. Engels, among other things, a complex and high-spirited love story.
Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 389.0
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pgw
Author: Gavin Mccrea
Language: English
Street Date: October 13, 2015
TCIN: 24001284
UPC: 9781936787296
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-8568

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