The House Girl

By Tara Conklin
(William Morrow & Company, Paperback, 9780062207517, 372pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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“Lina, a young, ambitious New York attorney in 2004, never knew her mother. Josephine, a young house slave in 1852, never knew her child. More than a century apart, their lives connect in unexpected ways. Corporate law offices, art museums, antebellum homes, and the Underground Railroad provide the setting for a story filled with secrets, betrayals, and love. Does the ‘House Girl’ title apply to both women? The paths of these strong women will have the reader marveling at the layers Conklin has created to tell their intertwined stories.”
-- Beverly Bauer, Redbery Books, Cable, WI


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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.




Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com

  1. As a servant in the Bell’s home Josephine is literally “The House Girl.”But how does this title also apply to Lina’s character?What is the significance of Lina leaving her father’s house at the close of the story?

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