Inventing Victoria /

by Bolden, Tonya [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2019.Description: 264 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781681198071 (hardcover); 168119807X (hardcover).Subject(s): Identity -- Fiction | African Americans -- Fiction | Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Fiction | Savannah (Ga.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fiction | Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Juvenile fiction | Savannah (Ga.) -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fiction | Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile fictionSummary: 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.
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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.<br> 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.<br> Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman sh' s ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she ca' 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.<br>

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.

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Set during the post-Reconstruction era, this novel offers an intriguing view of nineteenth-century African American upper-echelon society. Fourteen-year-old Essie longs to escape her miserable life in Savannah, Georgia, where her mother earns her living as a prostitute. Essie finds refuge in the company of an older woman, Ma Clara, who takes a maternal interest in the girl and encourages her aspirations. After leaving home, Essie meets the wealthy Miss Dorcas Vashon, who offers to turn her into a lady; to help her rise in life. Under Miss Vashons draconian tutelage in etiquette, deportment, and the rules of polite society, Essie is transformed into a young socialiteone newly arrived in Washington, DC, with a different name and invented background. Reflecting on her past, Essie, now Victoria, has an epiphany that helps her understand the tragic complexities of her mothers life (In slavery her whitefolks abused her every which way, left her broken in mind) and come to terms with her conflicted feelings. Bolden captures the period with meticulous detail. Appearances by prominent African American luminaries of the era (including abolitionist Frederick Douglass, activist Mollie Church Terrell, and educator Booker T. Washington), all seamlessly woven into the narrative, extend the authenticity of this engrossing coming-of-age story. An authors note identifies Essies mother, Praline, as a character in Boldens Crossing Ebenezer Creek (rev. 3/17). pauletta brown bracy January/February 2019 p 86(c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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