Under the Tulip Tree

Under the Tulip Tree

A Novel

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"Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland's dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena's banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers' Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena. As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured-especially because Rena's ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie's story challenges Rena's preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, [2020]
ISBN: 9781496446077
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 21 cm.

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Jan 10, 2021

If I could have chosen six stars I would have. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel - the historical context was fascinating. It has been a long time since I have read anything that pushed me to keep turning pages as I fought drooping eyelids! The combination topics of the Great Depression, the Civil War, slavery, and some interesting family dynamics made this a very thought-provoking story. I totally recommend this book.

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