The House Girl (P.S.) (Paperback)

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This book was fabulous. A dual narrative of Josephine, an African American house girl before the turn of the century and Lina, a white woman who is a lawyer in modern day New York and how their stories ultimately intertwine. Lina has been assigned a case about reparations for families who's ancestors were slaves and were never paid for their services to large corporations and she is given the task of finding a modern day plaintiff. Very well structured and written, The House Girl takes you back in time and really makes you wonder about other things that slave owners may have gotten credit for, when the credit was really due to their slaves. -Madison

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The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062207517
ISBN-10: 0062207512
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: November 5th, 2013
Pages: 372
Language: English
Series: P.S.