|Pages/Publication Date:||320 / 2018|
Although he was uncommonly imaginative, Vladimir Nabokov nonetheless based his beloved novel Lolita on a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of 11-year-old Sally Horner. Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural history, and literary investigation, Sarah Weinman tells Horner's full story for the very first time. Drawing upon legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing his masterpiece.
"A sensitive look at the troubling crime that influenced Vladimir Nabokov's most notorious book; Weinman writes with insight and empathy about both the famous author and the now-forgotten girl whose story intrigued him."—Boston Globe