Josephine: a literate maid at the Bell household, Lynnhurst, Virginia, 1852, a self-taught artist who paints for her ailing Missus.
Lina: a young lawyer taking on a slave reparations case in New York City, 2004.
The lives of the two above women collide, when a controversy in the art world becomes center to Lina's case. Brilliantly paced, the tragedy and resolve of both Josephine and Lina swirls in layers of mystery!— From Jane
— Beverly Bauer, Redbery Books, Cable, WI
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.