Posts Tagged ‘The Twain Shall Meet’

Nina’s Story At Last

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Mark Twain’s granddaughter, Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch, has long been the “forgotten Twain,” relegated to a footnote in Twain lore.

After seven long years of research, The Twain Shall Meet (available on will finally allow the world to see Nina as more than just a woman who drank too much and died at age 55 of an overdose of pills and alcohol.

It is also the story of my co-author Susan Bailey’s search for her mother—a search that led us eventually to Nina and to her mother Clara (Twain’s daughter).

All the buzz so far (and we welcome it with a big smile!) has been about the connection we believe Susan has to Nina, but the part I am proudest of in the book is how the world will finally get to see Nina, warts and all,  but not only warts!   She was funny, bright, a talented actress (when she put her mind to it!), college-educated, and quite the jock as well.