Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe audiobook

Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis

By Alexis Coe
Read by Alexis Coe  and Sophie Amoss

Listening Library 9781936976607
4.93 Hours Unabridged
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"Alice + Freda Forever is a gut-wrenching story of love, death, and the dangers of intolerance."--Bustle In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation--it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again. Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each unanswered letter--and her father's razor soon went missing. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée's throat. Her same-sex love was deemed insane by her father that very night, and medical experts agreed: This was a dangerous and incurable perversion. As the courtroom was expanded to accommodate national interest, Alice spent months in jail--including the night that three of her fellow prisoners were lynched (an event which captured the attention of journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells). After a jury of "the finest men in Memphis" declared Alice insane, she was remanded to an asylum, where she died under mysterious circumstances just a few years later.

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Summary

Summary

An Independent Book Publishers Award Gold Medal Winner in Gay & Lesbian Nonfiction

Finalist for the Cybils Award for Young Adult Nonfiction

A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Month

"Alice + Freda Forever is a gut-wrenching story of love, death, and the dangers of intolerance."--Bustle In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation--it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again. Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each unanswered letter--and her father's razor soon went missing. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée's throat. Her same-sex love was deemed insane by her father that very night, and medical experts agreed: This was a dangerous and incurable perversion. As the courtroom was expanded to accommodate national interest, Alice spent months in jail--including the night that three of her fellow prisoners were lynched (an event which captured the attention of journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells). After a jury of "the finest men in Memphis" declared Alice insane, she was remanded to an asylum, where she died under mysterious circumstances just a few years later.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Alexis Coe came across the case in a scholarly article while she was in graduate school and became fascinated by Mitchell and Ward’s story. She retells it here with the color and liveliness of a novel.” New Yorker magazine
“Supported by Sophie Amoss’ captivating narration, this audiobook creates a sense of intimacy its two central figures and give extra dimension to the social context behind their affair.” Paste magazine (audio review)
“This true-crime drama uses primary-source documents of letters and transcripts from the trial to provide a rich, detailed description…This is a captivating account, and readers will quickly become absorbed in the suspense.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“A historically resonant reminder of how far societal tolerance has come and that it still remains a work in progress.” Kirkus Reviews
“Highly recommended as an insightful exploration of an important historical true crime and a solid introduction to narrative nonfiction.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Alexis Coe

Author Bio: Alexis Coe

Alexis Coe is the award-winning author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (soon to be a major motion picture). Coe has frequently appeared on CNN and the History Channel, and has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. She is a host of Audible’s Presidents Are People Too! and No Man’s Land. Coe holds a graduate degree in American history and was a research curator at the New York Public Library.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 4.93
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English