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About Naked Truth or Equality

Carrie Hayes’ debut novel, Naked Truth or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit (2020, HTPH PRESS) recounts the New York City years of suffragist sisters, Victoria Woodhull and Tennessee Claflin. They are little known today, but during their lifetimes, these extraordinary women were not only spiritualists, stockbrokers and newspaper publishers, they were also famous for being famous. In 1872, Victoria became the first woman to run for President of the United States. Yet she and Tennessee spent election night in jail. Naked Truth or Equality is their story.

Praise for Naked Truth or Equality

“Imaginative fiction based on fact at its best. Divisiveness. Just like the plight of humanity today, the historical and excellently well-crafted novel, NAKED TRUTH: OR EQUALITY THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Carrie Hayes has it all.”

-Indie Reader

“Carrie Hayes’ interlacing of history with the narrative sparks an American story as well as a woman story. She has made this pair of wily sisters and their slickster father vivid and timeless.”

-Gail Godwin, National Book Award finalist &
best-selling author of Old Lovegood Girls

Naked Truth or Equality, the Forbidden Fruit is a rich, balanced and deftly written story that is as moving as it is entertaining.”

-Readers’ Favorite

“I thought this novel was brilliant from start to finish. It is fresh, it is vibrant, and the story is one that has been waiting to be told.”

-CoffeePot Book Club

About Well Dressed Lies

— currently a BookLife Prize semi finalist —

Well Dressed Lies (2023, HTPH PRESS) continues their adventure, this time in Great Britain as they struggle to rebuild their lives, find suitable husbands, and put their scandalous past behind them. Well Dressed Lies was recently announced as a semifinalist in this year’s Book Life Prize.

Praise for Well Dressed Lies

“An accomplished historical fiction novel that will enthrall readers. The sweeping plot alternates primarily between New York and London in the late 19th century, spotlighting the role of women in a broader historical context while offering readers an engrossing tale of romance, social maneuvering, and intrigue.”

-BookLife Prize

“Hayes has crafted a fascinating, enigmatic tale of two sisters moving through London society in the late 1800s. Vicky and Tennie are compelling figures, and the webs of deceit they weave pull readers deep into their tale. Most interesting were the various tantalizing hints of their past, dropped and returned to, all woven together with a masterful hand.”

-Seattle Book Review