The House Girl The first chapter of The House Girl grabs you by the bonnet strings and starts running. It's 1852, and Josephine, a young slave, has just… The House Girl The first chapter of The House Girl grabs you by the bonnet strings and starts running. It's 1852, and Josephine, a young slave, has just… 2013-02-12 Fiction William Morrow
Book Review

The House Girl (2013)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 12, 2013; Writer: Tara Conklin; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: William Morrow

The first chapter of The House Girl grabs you by the bonnet strings and starts running. It's 1852, and Josephine, a young slave, has just planned a daring escape from a farm. Before she leaves, the story loses momentum, jumping ahead to 2004, when a lawyer named Lina has taken on a slavery reparation case that involves Josephine. As the plot switches back and forth, it's clear that Conklin, an ex-litigator, really cares about the court case. But this reader? Not much. Far more pressing: Where will Josephine go? Will she get caught? Could Lina please win this case so that we can get back to Josephine? B

Originally posted Feb 06, 2013 Published in issue #1246 Feb 15, 2013 Order article reprints