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.
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.---from the publisher
480 pages 978-0062367297 Ages 16 and up
Keywords: historical fiction, African American and Black stories, Black Girl books, African American author, slavery, family, girls and women, violence, racism, prejudice, 19th century, social issues, social conditions, secrets, 16 year old, 17 year old, 18 year old, LGBTQ