Inventing Victoria

Inventing Victoria

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Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2019
ISBN: 9781681198071
Branch Call Number: YA BOLDEN 2019
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm


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A young woman from humble beginnings must decide how much of her past she is willing to shed as she rises to the upper ranks of black society in post-Reconstruction Washington, D.C.

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LPL_EricaS Apr 11, 2019

I love historical fiction, especially when the details are so enticing that I have to stop to look up types of food, traditions, and locations. Inventing Victoria did not disappoint. It delivered the richly described past of Essie whose family originated from the Sea Islands off the east coast of the Untied States. While it is post-Civil War and slavery has been abolished, Essie, now living in Savannah, can't help but want more than a housekeeping job at the local boardinghouse. When a benefactress takes interest in her, she is swept away to a new world in Baltimore and finds herself surrounded by the African-American elite, like Frederick Douglass. Romance, ambition, family issues and more make this a great pick with a lot to discuss.

OPL_KrisC Feb 06, 2019

A captivating historical fiction read for teens set in post-Reconstruction America. The short chapters make for a quick read.


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OPL_KrisC Feb 06, 2019

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