Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine…
2004: Lina Sparrow, the daughter of an artist, is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves.
1852: 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, whose paintings will become the subject of speculation and controversy among future collectors.
Lina’s search to find a plaintiff for her case will introduce her to the story of Josephine. Was she the real talent behind her mistress’s now-famous portraits? It is a question that will take Lina from the corridors of a modern corporate law firm to the sleek galleries of the New York City art world to the crumbling remains of an old plantation house. Along the way, Lina will unearth long-buried truths about Josephine and about herself…and just maybe achieve long-overdue justice.
Tara Conklin’s brilliant debut novel, The House Girl, will be released February 12. Conklin captivated me with this tale of two strong, determined women. I love this story and will be interviewing Conklin. Book clubs will go crazy for this novel. The House Girl is going to be bigger than Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.
I am so proud to spotlight the book on my blog and I highly recommend this one! It’s already getting a lot of well-deserved buzz.