What if you could write a new ending for yourself?
England, 1898. When Evelyn first married the famous novelist William Aubrey, she was dazzled by his brilliance. But their newlywed bliss is brief when William is gripped by writer’s block, and he becomes jealous of Evelyn’s writing talent. When he commits the ultimate betrayal—stealing a draft of her novel and passing it off as his own—Evelyn decides to write her way out of their unhappy marriage.
California, 2006. Abigail always wondered about her father, his identity forever lost when her mother unexpectedly died. Or so Abigail thought, until she stumbled upon his photo and a message that her great-great-grandmother was the author Evelyn Aubrey, leading Abigail on a journey to England in search for answers. There, she learns of Evelyn’s shocking disappearance and how London society believed she was murdered. But from what she uncovers about Evelyn, Abigail believes her brilliant great-great-grandmother had another plot up her sleeve.
Rich in atmosphere and emotion, The Stolen Book of Evelyn Aubrey tells the story of literary secrets, a family curse and the lengths women will go to take charge of their future.
"Burdick explores love, loss and treachery in her luminous multigenerational tale...the author charms with lyrical prose and a well-sketched cast of supporting characters. Readers will be hooked."
Hazel Gaynor, New York Times Bestselling author
"A cleverly-crafted and beautifully written multi-layered mystery of family secrets, jealousy, passion and revenge. Seductive, unsettling and thoroughly absorbing, I stepped into the pages of Evelyn Aubrey's world and didn't want to leave. Serena Burdick, take a bow. Marvelous."
Jillian Cantor, USA today bestselling author of
Beautiful Little Fools
"...deeply compelling characters, beautiful prose, and a mystery that kept me turning the pages. A haunting meditation on what it means to be a woman and an artist and ultimately what it means to find your place in the world--I devoured this book."
Historical Novel Society
"This gothic-tinged novel tells an empowering tale of betrayal and delicious revenge."
“Readers who love novels filled with family secrets, decrepit mansions, and long-lost journals will enjoy.”
THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“The Girls With No Names concludes in crescendo so fever-pitched that the last page seems to come too soon. Nevertheless, Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family — and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE BOOK REVIEW
"The first person narratives place us into the minds of each woman, exposing her fears and hopes, and the strength needed to live through another day."
"Told from the alternating points of view of Effie; her mother, Jeanne; and Mable, the narrative combines lush prose with a quick and riveting plot. Readers will be intensely moved by this historical."
"A spellbinding thriller for fans of Gilded Age fiction!"
"Burdick's carefully researched narrative shines a light on the untold stories of countless real women, and fans of Joanne Goodman's The Home for Unwanted Girls will be consumed by the fast-paced plot and well characterized, sympathetic girls at the novel's heart."
FIND ME IN HAVANA
"A poignant and gripping account of the life of Cuban actress Estelita Rodriquez… With great skill, Burdick weaves a heartbreaking narrative of a star’s rise and fall… A deeply affecting tragedy.”
“A sweeping historical account… The Hollywood glamour and the struggles of war will appeal to history fans while Nina and Estelita’s relationship will draw lovers of women’s fiction. The true gem in this story is learning how the author developed the tale of real-life Estelita through interviews with Nina.”
SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW
"…Always beautiful, feeling elegiac even during the first chapters… Serena Burdick did a wonderful job of capturing a time long past and telling a story that at once embraces a whole time and pinpoints one particular relationship.”
HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY
"Estelita’s tragic story captures the most beautiful and most painful moments of motherhood, artistic drive, and limitless ambition. More importantly, it explores the ceaseless destruction of sexual violence and finds hope in unexpected places. I highly recommend it."
is the USA Today, Toronto Star and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES. She is the author of the novel THE STOLEN BOOK OF EVELYN AUBREY, FIND ME IN HAVANA, and the 2017 International Book Award Winner for Historical Fiction for her novel GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON. Her books have been translated into nine languages and published in eleven territories to date. She studied creative writing at Sarah Lawrence, holds a Bachelors of Arts from Brooklyn College in English literature and an Associates of Arts from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in theater. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.