A Sitting in St. James
Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award!
7 starred reviews! "M onumental." - Booklist (starred review) * "A marathon masterpiece."- Kirkus (starred review) * "Necessary."- SLJ (starred review) * "Shocking and dramatic."- Shelf Awareness (starred review) * "Mesmerizing, confounding and vividly rendered."- Book Page (starred review) * "Williams-Garcia's storytelling is magnificent; her voice honest and authentic."- Horn Book (starred review)
This astonishing novel from three-time National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia about the interwoven lives of those bound to a plantation in antebellum America is an epic masterwork-empathetic, brutal, and entirely human-and essential reading for both teens and adults grappling with the long history of American racism.
1860, Louisiana . After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided, in spite of her family's objections, to sit for a portrait.
While Madame plots her last hurrah, stories that span generations-from the big house to out in the fields-of routine horrors, secrets buried as deep as the family fortune, and the tangled bonds of descendants and enslaved, come to light to reveal a true portrait of the Guilberts.
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