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The Fall of the House of Walworth by Geoffrey O'Brien
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Oct 11, 10

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Reviewers unanimously agreed that The Fall of the House of Walworth, billed as a true-crime story, is an enthralling book and that O'Brien is uniquely qualified to write it. Critics were universally impressed with the way O'Brien takes a 19th-century family that most people have probably never heard of and not only builds a gripping, multilayered, and thoroughly researched narrative about them but also uses them to illuminate much of their rapidly changing period in American history. O'Brien's background as a cultural historian, literary critic, and poet are all brought to bear in this impressive achievement. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.

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