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Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

A Novel

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Description

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s compelling historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.
 
In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion.

A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 26, 2012 – Elizabeth Lizzy Keckley, a freed slave in Washington, D.C., right before the start of the Civil War, gains fame as a dressmaker for Northerners and Southerners alike, but when Lincoln is elected and the Southerners secede, she chooses to remain in Washington. She becomes the modiste for Mary Todd Lincoln and is privy to the innermost workings of the Lincoln White House, Mary Todd s reckless spending, President Lincoln s death, and his widow s subsequent penury. When Lizzy writes a memoir about her experiences, she s denigrated by the public (which derides it as Kitchen and Bed-Chamber Literature ) for betraying the Lincoln confidences even though she casts Mary Todd in a favorable light. Chiaverini s characterization of the relationship between Mary Todd and Lizzy, a real historical figure, is nuanced, revealing a friendship that is at times unstable and fraught with class distinctions but also warm and protective. Though not without its problems (characters are insulated from the worst of the war; Lizzy is curiously passive; the pacing can be slow), Chiaverini deviates from her usual focus on quilting (found in the Elm Creek Quilts series) to create a welcome historical.

Customer Reviews

Marvelous!

An amazing piece of literature that captures the true essence of civil war America. A truly enjoyable rad start to finish.

Loved it!

This book was wonderful! Being a lover of both fashion and history, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It showed another perspective to the civil war and a special relationship between Mrs. Lincoln and her dressmaker/friend. It gave another historical perspective to President Lincoln's assassination and the story of how not only the country moved forward but also his family. It made me think about it in a whole new way!

Great story

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker is great story telling. I love the voice and tempo of the story. I feel like the picture Chiaverini creates is far more real than anything Norman Rockwell did.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jan 15, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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