The House Girl by Tara Conklin

For March we will be reading The House Girl by Tara Conklin.


The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.

Featuring two remarkable, unforgettable heroines, Tara Conklin's The House Girl is riveting and powerful, literary fiction at its very best.


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  • Karen H.

    I enjoyed meeting everyone. Can't wait for the next one! Thank you for making me feel so welcome.

    1 · March 28

  • Beth J.

    I liked the book, but it wasn't a favorite.

    March 28

  • Connie G.

    That sounds great.

    March 28

  • Connie G.

    Sorry I missed. Family member in hospital. I did not care for the book. I could not get into it. I had a suggestion to throw out……Since we are encouraged to buy local, how do you feel about reading our local authors work?

    March 28

    • mountainsidegal3

      Ahh.....our book for June (think I have the date right) is Serena by Ron Rash who is a professor at not only does he qualify as local but the book is also set mostly in Haywood County

      March 28

  • Kelly S.

    OK book but fabulous company, as always!

    March 27

  • Beth L

    An interesting story with good discussion as usual

    1 · March 27

  • Connie G.

    I will not be able to make it this week. Have fun.

    March 24

  • Connie G.

    Thanks Beth.

    1 · February 17

    • Beth L

      Did you get it?

      February 17

  • Beth L

    This book is today's Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99! Go get it now!

    1 · February 15

    • Shirley B.

      Thanks for the heads-up, Beth!

      February 15

    • Beth L

      Sometimes we get lucky :-)

      February 15

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