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So far my most favorite book/series is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and so I can not even begin to explain how geeked out I've been over the upcoming release of Mockingjay. And this jacket is exactly the kind of thing I'd ♥ to wear all winter!! So far it's not for sale though, and is a prize for one of the contests by Scholastic.
Reading level/Genre: Historical Romance
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (April 28, 2009)
(product details via amazon.com)
The year is 1881. Meet the Mackenzie family--rich, powerful, dangerous, eccentric. A lady couldn't be seen with them without ruin. Rumors surround the ...more
What would a person with Asperger's Syndrome be called in the Victorian era? Eccentric? Mad? Would they be locked away? These are the questions author Jennifer Ashley discussed earlier this week over at Borders True Romance Blog. A truly different and fascinating idea! It's a great description Jennifer gives, so you should definitely read it. Here's an excerpt:
"When I conceived the series, I wanted to write about the most dark and dangerous men I could think of—rich, powerful, and decadent, they love the best in art, women, whiskey, horses, you name it. They go anywhere they want, and do anything they want. They break all the rules, and no one stops them.
Each brother is a bit obsessed with what interests them, and that obsession manifests itself fully in Ian. I was thinking about autism and started to wonder how even a mildly autistic person, perhaps someone with Asperger’s, had fared before anyone had put a name or diagnosis to the syndrome. In the Victorian age, such a person would be considered eccentric, different, mad, maybe even dangerous.
I had to do much research both on Asperger’s Syndrome and how the “mad” were treated in the Victorian age. In Ian’s case, his father gets him locked away in an asylum when he’s ten, both because Ian doesn’t fit into his father’s controlled world, plus Ian knows secrets that his blunt speeches might reveal.Ian’s brothers, especially the two middle brothers, Mac and Cameron, could do nothing to get him out of the asylum, but they tried to make his time there bearable. The paid him visits and smuggled him cigars, whiskey, and erotic books, trying to make certain that their little brother would grow into a well-rounded man. The day that Ian’s father dies, Hart, the oldest brother, goes to the asylum to bring Ian home...."