The House Girl

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tara Conklin
Narrator: Bahni Turpin
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Literature, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: November 2013
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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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.

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 Josephine's would be the per-fect face for the lawsuit-if Lina can find one. But nothing is known about Josephine's fate following Lu Anne Bell's death in 1852. In piecing together Josephine's story, Lina embarks on a journey that will lead her to question her own life, including the full story of her mother's 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.

Reviews (2)

Written by Lily Wei on April 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Too many irrelevant subplots and descriptions. Might be an interesting book to skim through, but as an audio I just couldn't get into in.

Written by Lisa Tapper on March 17th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was good took a little to get going. I thought this similar to The Help, although without the humor, more serious story.

Author Details

Author Details

Conklin, Tara

TARA CONKLIN has worked as a litigator in the New York and London offices of a major corporate law firm and now writes fiction full time. She received a bachelor s degree in history from Yale University, a law degree from New York University, and a Master of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. Tara s fiction has appeared in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology and Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe. Born in St. Croix, she now lives with her family in Seattle.