Inventing Victoria

Inventing Victoria

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In a searing historical novel, Tonya Bolden illuminates post-Reconstruction America in an intimate portrait of a determined young woman who dares to seize the opportunity of a lifetime.

As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants.

Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she can't refuse, she becomes Victoria. Transformed by a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. But when the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.
ISBN: 9781681198071
168119807X
Branch Call Number: YA BOLDEN T
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm

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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... Read More »


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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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