Genre: Historical Crime Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pub. Date: Aug. 7, 2018
“And the rest is rust and stardust.”—Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
In the summer of 1948, a real-life 11-year-old girl named Sally Horner was kidnapped by a child molester in Camden, NJ. At the time Vladimir Nabokov was working on his famous novel and struggling. He supposedly was about to burn the manuscript when his wife showed him the newspaper saying: “I found her. Volodya, stop! I found Lo.” This is the fictional account of the girl who inspired the famous novel “Lolita” (which Nabokov called his ticking time bomb,) as well as Sarah Weinman’s true crime essay and soon to be released, “The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World.” (It appears that soon “Rust and Stardust” will have sales competition). If you have read the famous book or seen the movie, Lo appears to be a child temptress. Sally Horner was not. As the book rightly shows, Sally’s misfortune began after she stole a composition notebook from a Woolworths (remember them?) The kidnapper witnessed the minor theft and pretended to be an FBI agent taking her to jail. Her young gullible mind fell for it and she spent the next five years traveling around with her kidnapper, who posed as her stepfather. This book should break your heart. Unfortunately, the author, T. Greenwood, has written a novel filled with way too much detail, reading almost like a newspaper itself. I was impressed by her end-notes, but not her style of writing.
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