The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames: A Memoir

Justine Cowan (Author)

Product Details

$27.99  $25.75
Publish Date
January 12, 2021
6.2 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.06 pounds

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About the Author

Justine Thompson Cowan is most recently known for the headline-grabbing case that exposed massive corruption by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, forcing his resignation from the Trump Cabinet. For more than two decades, Justine has advocated for the voiceless, challenging some of the nation's most powerful interests. Her work has been reported in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, Slate, The Hill and almost all other major news outlets. Justine received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her law degree with honors from Duke Law School where she was on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal.


"Well-researched and highly personal, the book presents a fascinating narrative tapestry that both informs and moves. A candidly illuminating debut memoir."--Kirkus Reviews
Cowan debuts with an impressive memoir about the unearthing of her deceased mother's secret past and a generations-long cycle of family trauma. This frank account of a real-life Dickensian dystopia captivates at every turn."--Publishers Weekly
Part investigative journalism, part emotional excavation, this breathtaking and heartbreaking book tells the story of a daughter's need to understand her difficult mother. An unexpected and original addition to the mother/daughter memoir oeuvre, The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is both moving and artful, rewarding its readers page after page.--Adrienne Brodeur, bestselling author of Wild Game: My Mother, Her Secret and Me
The Secret Life of Dorothy Soames is the gripping true story of a daughter's quest to find the truth about her mother's origins--and, in the process, come to terms with her own life and choices. As she uncovers an increasingly dramatic tale of abuse, escape, and recovery, Justine Cowan must grapple with her complex feelings about this woman who, as she comes to learn, never had a real childhood of her own. A riveting, heartbreaking, and ultimately healing journey of discovery. --Christina Baker Kline, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train
Page-turning and profoundly moving. Justine Cowan's meticulous research has uncovered a strand of British history and she brings it sharply and vividly to life through her personal quest.--Virginia Nicholson, author of Among the Bohemians