Incarcerated in an insane asylum after committal proceedings instigated by her own son, Mary Lincoln resolves to tell her own story in order to preserve and to prove her own sanity.
Janis Cooke Newman lives in San Francisco, where she teaches classes in creative writing. While Mrs Lincoln is her first novel, Newman is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Secret Lives of Lawfully Wedded Wives and four Travelers' Tales editions. Newman's travel writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Backpacker. She is also co-founder of Line by Line, a literary editing service.