Inventing Victoria

Inventing Victoria

Book - 2019
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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
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2019
ISBN: 9781681198071
Branch Call Number: YF Bold
Characteristics: 264 pages

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Tara_P
Jan 03, 2019

It's probably not fair to comment on a book that I was unable to finish reading, even though the reason for stopping is because I just couldn't stay with it any longer-I did look at the end and saw that it was concluding in an even more pitiful way that I would have thought. It's a nice idea, to follow a girl whose mother was a slave-turned-prosititute as the girl escapes her meager background to flourish in society. I couldn't stay with it because the conflict was so slight and uninteresting, then to top it off, her crowning achievement in the end was to marry well. The girl didn't seem to be changing except in a superficial, trite way. The author does have potential in her writing which is spare and close to verse although it lacks the emotional power of poetry. Also, the cover choice is misleading because it looks like a book for middle schoolers (and reads like one as well) but is categorized as YA, likely because the mother is a prostitute. Actually, the mother is the most interesting character in the book with her multifaceted, conflicted existence during the era of the Reconstruction while the girl was pure virtue, (yuck). Or at least that was what I could glean from staying with the story for half the book.

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