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The House Girl by Tara Conklin PDF
Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.
Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin’s The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.
Review – The House Girl by Tara Conklin PDF
“Assured and arresting…You cannot put it down.”” (Chicago Tribune)
It’s shelved under historical fiction, but THE HOUSE GIRL reads more like a historical whodunit, and a smart one at that . . . Both Josephine and Lina are intricately drawn characters — fierce, flawed and very real.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
“[G]rabs you by the bonnet strings and starts running.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“This will be the book-club book of 2013.” (Marie Claire)
“Conklin … is a skilled writer … who knows how to craft a thoughtful page-turner …We’re glued to the pages.” (Seattle Times)
“A sorrowful, engrossing novel in which the pursuit of justice serves as a catalyst to a more personal pursuit for truth . . . Through Josephine and Lina’s journeys, THE HOUSE GIRL is also a meditation on motherhood, feminism, loss, and, ultimately, redemption.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Conklin’s research blends subtly into the background while successfully rendering a picture of the complex tensions inherent in 1850s society…A historical novel that succeeds in giving voice to the voiceless.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
The House Girl by Tara Conklin PDF
“Skillfully executed and packed with surprises, this novel of the ways in which art saves our humanity is an engrossing do-not-miss adventure.” (Shelf Awareness)
“Conklin’s sensitive, deft handling of complex racial and cultural issues, as well as her creation of a complicated, engaging story make this book destined to be a contender for best of 2013.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
If you love historical fiction, the Underground Railroad and/or have a penchant for art history this book hits the trifecta.
I don’t like to do spoilers in my reviews but as with all good things in life proceed with caution. The House Girl by Tara Conklin PDF
Upfront, I loved that the author doesn’t always make it clear who is black/African American or a descendant of slaves unless ironically the concept of being high yellow, red bone or dark is introduced by another black person.
There are a time jumps from a Plantation in the South prior to the Civil War and a NYC modern day law firm.
Women and their roles in society dominate the narrative whether it’s the frail /sick plantation owner, her house girl (slave), a young hippie artist in the 1980s and beautifully flawed power lawyer today.
Slavery reparations is legally and philosophically grappled with along with descendants rights. The “House Girl” and her female master/owner both produce fine art paintings while the moral and legal art rights are debated over a century later. We wrestle with the finding of descendents, children left behind while parents travel the underground railroad and the “better life” centuries later . The House Girl by Tara Conklin PDF
This is book is one I want my daughters to read. The ongoing sense of self worth, living your passion and parental forgiveness are wonderfully handled.
I highly recommend this book for both its historical and modern moral significance.
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From the Back Cover
Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action suit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. Josephine is a seventeen-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm—an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, The House Girl is a searing tale of art, history, love, and secrets that intertwines the stories of two remarkable women.