This is fascinating historical true crime, in which Weinman shares the real story behind controversial fictional novel Lolita. Weinman tells of Sally Horner’s kidnapping and 21 months of mistreatment at the the hands of a Frank La Salle. Through extensive archival research, Weinman is able to make a persuasive claim that Vladmir Nabakov’s Lolita was inspired by the Sally Horner kidnapping case, despite Nabakov’s insistence that Lolita was not inspired by true life events. In her retelling and rewriting of history, Weinman is able to bring to light the story of Sally Horner, which would otherwise have been lost in time.
–Clare, Browsers Bookshop, Olympia