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 Manhattan and 1852 Virginia.
When law associate Lena Sparrow is handed a plum assignment—to find the perfect poster child for a class-action suit on behalf of the descendants of American slaves—she has little appreciation for how radically the task will change the course of her own life and destiny. As she searches for a descendant of Josephine Bell, a house girl rumored to have been the actual artist of a series
of stunning paintings credited to her white mistress, Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist , Lena peels away layers of both Josephine’s past and her own complacency.
Retracing Josephine’s often-elusive path, she uncovers some troubling facts about her parents and the startling lie that formed the basis of her childhood and young adulthood. Stretching back and forth across time and geography, this riveting tale is bolstered by some powerful universal truths.