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Gr 9 Up—The year was 1892, and 19-year-old Alice Mitchell was in love with Freda Ward, 17. She determined that if she couldn't marry Freda, nobody else would, either. The two women devised a plan to marry, with Alice posing as a man. However, their scheme was uncovered, and their families forbade the relationship. Freda moved on with her life and discovered other loves. Alice was unable to accept life without Freda and decided to kill her former lover when she visited Memphis. This true-crime drama uses primary-source documents of letters and transcripts from the trial to provide a rich, detailed description of Alice's successful murder plot and the events following the verdict that declared Alice insane and sentenced her to an asylum. This is a captivating account, and readers will quickly become absorbed in the suspense surrounding Freda's murder. Additionally, the book provides a foundation for discussion of sociocultural themes, such as how LGBT relationships have historically been viewed by society, gender and femininity, and even journalism.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

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HONORS: Cybils Awards Finalist * Teen Choices Book of the Year Award nomination * Over the Rainbow Book List Nominee * Amazon Book of the Month * Oyster Book of the Week * 2014 IPPY Gold Winner

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*Starred Review* "This is a captivating account, and readers will quickly become absorbed in the suspense surrounding Freda’s murder. Additionally, the book provides a foundation for discussion of sociocultural themes, such as how LGBT relationships have historically been viewed by society, gender and femininity, and even journalism." - School Library Journal

"The murder was a national sensation at the time, but is little known today. ....Alexis Coe retells it here with the color and liveliness of a novel. Her account is accompanied by illustrations of the people, scenes, and artifacts that populate this story of forbidden love." - Andrea DenHoed, The New Yorker

"This is an astonishing look at love as tsunami, the wild violence of passion, and a young woman undone by her own heart." - Caroline Leavitt, San Francisco Chronicle

"The story of a Gilded Age-era homicide that stunned a nation with its sheer violence and tabooed origins. Haunted for years about the case, media columnist and historian Coe chronicles a 19th-century, Memphis, Tennessee-based ordeal of coldblooded murder and the jilted lesbian love that inspired it. … A historically resonant reminder of how far societal tolerance has come and that it still remains a work in progress." - Kirkus Reviews

“[A] lively, provocative history….a well-written effort that makes the most of its source material on two levels, both as true crime and as social commentary” - Publishers Weekly

"This thoroughly researched exposé considers a murder that took place in Victorian-era Memphis. …This selection might attract fans of true crime, such as Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City (2003), although the content concentrates more on the historical setting than intrigue or suspense. This could also serve as a gritty rebuttal to idealized period romances extolling the virtues of demure and genteel femininity." - Booklist

"VERDICT: Highly recommended as an insightful exploration of an important historical true crime and a solid introduction to narrative nonfiction." - Library Journal

"Alice + Freda Forever is the vital combination of a sensational story and a remarkable treasure of historical research featuring lesbian lust, laudanum, and laceration....Coe has given us a bloody, interesting chapter in America’s hidden history of “pathological love." - Preston Lauterbach. Oxford American

"Alexis Coe’s intricately researched, nonfiction Alice + Freda Foreverdepicts the destructive power of love. …Reminiscent of Peter Jackson’s film Heavenly Creatures (which in turn was based on actual events), an account of two teenagers who are compelled to murder to protect their intense, almost incestuous friendship, Alice + Freda Forever will not only attract teens and adults alike for its gripping treatment of love gone dreadfully wrong—it will force them to think critically from both a historical and sociocultural perspective."- School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

"Coe’s narrative covers the perceptions of sexuality, women’s role in society, racial hierarchy, media manipulation, and even mental health, but she never strays too far from the heart of the story: the tragic romance between two women forty years before the word lesbian would be in circulation" - Justin Alvarez, The Paris Review

*A Must-Read Book for the Fall* "A case of a teenage murderess and a forbidden love? This real life tale by historian and columnist for The Toast has it all. Based on rich research, including the love letters between Alice and Freda, their relationship was going to break boundaries, until it ended in tragedy. Gripping and fascinating." - Flavorwire

"Alexis Coe's historical nonfiction Alice + Freda Forever tells the real — and tragic — story of 19-year-old murderess Alice Mitchell, who in 1892 killed the young woman she was engaged to when they were forced apart after their relationship was discovered. The book includes 100 illustrated love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles, courtroom proceedings, and intimate domestic scenes." - Popsugar, Books We're Dying to Read

"With Alice and Freda Forever, Alexis Coe takes this fascinating true tale and brings it to literary life through love letters, newspaper articles, courtroom testimonies, maps, and school catalogs — all culled into one vivid narrative. With shimmering prose, careful research, and eloquent analysis, Coe weaves an absorbing tale of crime and passion, violence and discrimination, gender and femininity, lust and the all-consuming power of love — a tale that gives these teenage lovers a voice to echo above the clamor of a scandal." - Bustle

"Alice and Freda's tragic story gives a fascinating glimpse of 19th Century America's attempts to comprehend passion it has no language to acknowledge. Hauntingly enhanced by Sally Klann's illustrations, Alexis Coe's skillful research and documentation never distract from her heartbreaking narrative." - Elizabeth Wein, New York Times bestselling author of Code Name Verity
 
“With prose that simmers with intellect and longing, conscience and sly eloquence, Alexis Coe has finally granted Alice and Freda the one thing they so desperately lacked in life: the grace of a story beautifully told.” - Avi Steinberg, author of Running the Books
 
"Alexis Coe rescues a buried but extraordinarily telling episode from the 1890's that resonates in all sorts of ways with today. That in itself would be an accomplishment. But this is a book that is truly riveting, a narrative that gallops. Lizzy Borden eat your heart out. Here's a real crime of passion. Or was it? "And so Alice carried the razor around every day in her dress pocket, just in case Freda came to town…" I dare you to pick this one up and try, just try to put it down." - Peter Orner, author of Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge and Esther Stories
 
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pulp/Zest Books; F First Edition edition (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936976609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936976607
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on October 23, 2014
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Well researched and intelligently written in very readable prose Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis gives its readers a detailed look at a fascinating and tragic real life murder case as well as a snapshot of attitudes in the American South in the year 1892. Freda and Alice were two middle class teenage Memphis girls who met at a type of finishing school. Alice fell passionately in love with Freda and Freda seemed to return her affection though remained flirtatious with men. Alice proposed a scheme where she would pass as a man and marry Freda. Following the wedding they would elope to a new life in St. Louis. When this plan was discovered and thwarted by family members in the summer of 1891 Freda was kept at a distance from Alice while Alice became increasingly obsessed with the girl she considered her one true love.

In 1892 shortly before Freda was scheduled to leave Memphis Alice slashed her former lover's throat with a razor she had stolen for that purpose from her father months ago. Freda died soon after. Apparently Alice had meant to kill herself shortly after that act but was stopped by the people around her. A well publicized trial occurred soon after and eventually Alice was declared insane and sentenced to an asylum where she died just a few years later at the age of twenty-five.

I have an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book that is illustrated with black and white drawings but apparently forty additional illustrations are included in the published copies. While the background to Alice and Freda's affair and the murder and ensuing trial are interesting the book is most valuable because of the information it details about attitudes toward sexuality, the role of women and even race relations during the 1890's. Transcripts of several letters sent between Alice and Freda are included as are some correspondence from other players in the case, there is an extensive bibliography and seventeen pages of research notes.
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I am a great-great niece of Alice Mitchell and am so happy to have found this detailed story of her experience. The memories of my grandmother, her niece, were tantalizing but very incomplete as were the copies of newspaper articles that I collected at one time. Naturally, I longed for more in-depth insight. Couldn't be happier with the thorough and respectful way that Alexis Coe has treated the subject and the principal actors. I'm also so glad that she included commentary about the historical and sociological aspects of this event, as the subject is intellectually quite fascinating as well. My only regret, so far, is that I have not yet been able to contact the author. Thanks, Alexis.
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In 1892 in Memphis, few people had even heard of same sex love. It was so impossible to contemplate, that the only rational explanation for it was insanity. And that was the defense devised for Alice Mitchell, for killing Freda Ward, the woman she loved, after Freda's family put a stop to their relationship.

Alice had proposed marriage to Freda, and planned to dress as a man and support Freda as a husband would. The dramatic story of their love and courtship forms the first part of this novel. In this section there are a number of letters reproduced in handwriting, which I found slow reading. Otherwise the story was well paced.

I found the legal proceedings to be the most compelling part of the novel. The characters are fascinating – the bombastic judge who turned his court into a media circus, Alice's father who had a penchant for putting the women of his family into asylums, the medical experts who so learnedly diagnosed Alice's mental state, the chivalrous jury of all white males who were not at all disposed to condemn a young white woman of good family to death, the attorney general who was set on hanging the teenaged murderess for her “unnatural crime”...

This book would be ideal for a class in women's studies or gender studies. It's carefully researched and offers a biting analysis of a totally male-dominated time and place. At the same time Alice & Freda Forever reads like a novel, and can be enjoyed simply as a tragic love story.
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Four and a half stars.

Alice + Freda Forever promised to hit all of the buttons of my literary interests: young love, LGBT themes, history, and murder. This book definitely delivered, and made for a book that I couldn't put down.

The great thing about this book is that it seems to be really, really well researched. I'll be the first one to admit to you that I had never even heard of this murder until I came across this book. Coe includes historical settings, background information, family information, and even hand-written letters in this book, making it feel authentic and accurate. It's clear that history and representation was the forefront of this book, and I think that's great. I learned a lot, without it being so preachy that it seems like a text book. Coe managed to make fact read like gripping fiction, and it really worked for me.

I also really liked that this book was full of illustrations. It was a nice touch and helped me more easily visualize what was going on. Plus, if you take off the sleeve on the hardcover edition, there's an illustration embossed on the book itself. I think that was a really pretty, nice detail that I wouldn't have thought about.

And then of course, there's the story itself. It's fascinating. It's disturbing and creepy and morbid but you can't help but to keep reading, and even sympathizing with the characters in this book. I started out thinking "who could possibly commit such a crime against the one they love?" but the more I kept reading into their personal stories, the more I started to get it. That's another part of what makes this tale so disturbing, it seems so... Normal. Relatable almost, as strange as that is to say about a murder.
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