The New York Times bestselling debut novel and #1 Indie Next Pick of independent booksellers nationwide, The House Girl by Tara Conklin is available in paperback today, November 5th. Lauded everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to NPR, The House Girl was a smash success in hardcover with Marie Claire calling it “The book-club book of the year!” And just this week it was named a finalist in 2 GoodReads Best Books of the Year categories (debut author and best fiction!)
Switching back and forth between 1852 and 2004, Tara Conklin tells the story of Josephine, a young slave plotting a brave escape to a future she can only dream of and Lina, a modern day lawyer who is assigned to a slavery reparations case that may link back to Josephine.
While Josephine is at times given privileges that other slaves are not (she is secretly taught to read and given art supplies and time and space to paint), the affection her Missus has for her is thin, and the constant violence from the Mister drains the comfort from these small joys. Skip forward to 2004 to meet Lina, a striving young lawyer at a prestigious firm who must find a plaintiff with lineage to an enslaved ancestor for her high profile case. Her artist father connects her to the artwork of Josephine’s Missus which art historians now contend were actually created by Josephine herself.
Rich in historic detail, socially relevant themes, intriguing characters, and vivid imagery, The House Girl is a great read for book clubs. Connect with Tara on Facebook and Twitter, and download the reading group guide from her website!