Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The House Girl: A Novel by Conklin, Tara

House Girl if full of rich characters. It takes place from 1852 to 2004. The story switches back and forth  flawlessly between the two distinct time periods.

One story is that of a slave house girl named, Josephina and an attorney named, Lina. Lina and Josephina's stories become entwined when, Lina is working on a slave retribution case for a high profile client.

The story is intriguing yet there are too many coincidences to make it believable. The most interesting part of this novel, is a 20 page letter. The relationship between, Josephina and her mistress is very compelling and Josephina's life story, draws you in emotionally.

This is an above average debut novel --- not the very best but interesting enough to keep you turning the pages.

Grade: B-





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