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The House Girl Tara Conklin

The House Girl

Tara Conklin

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ISBN : 9780062207524
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336 pages
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Two remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine . . .2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves.MoreTwo remarkable women, separated by more than a century, whose lives unexpectedly intertwine . . .2004: Lina Sparrow 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.It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.A descendant of Josephines would be the per-fect face for the lawsuit—if Lina can find one. But nothing is known about Josephines fate following Lu Anne Bells death in 1852. In piecing together Josephines story, Lina embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mothers mysterious death twenty years before.Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing tale of art and history, love and secrets explores what it means to repair a wrong, and asks whether truth can be more important than justice.