Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel
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... show more
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.
Publish date: September 24th 2013
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, American History
, 19th Century
, Military History
, Civil War
, American Civil War
I got this book from a goodreads giveaway. I was interested in reading something outside of my usual genres and remembered liking some historical fiction as a kid. This book really wasn't for me. I often found my self wondering how there could be so much of the book left when so much of the civil wa...
Mrs. Lincoln's dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini Wanted to read this book because I thought it would be about needlework during Lincoln's career.I found it was more about the political and family problems rather than the dressmaking side of things.Elizabeth is the dressmaker and she spends a lot of ...
The problem with "X's Y" storylines are that there are already 2 plots to plot the book by. X's as well as well as Y's. The author can slip/slide between the two and do half the work instead of having to focus on a fully realised one. And this novel falls for the chronological structure, which rende...
I am giving this book 2 stars and am feeling that I am being quite generous in doing so. For such an interesting character and period of time, I felt that Ms. Chiaverini's book fell very flat to me, was very one dimensional and boring. I have read several hundred books on the Lincoln Administration,...
This story is narrated by Elizabeth Keckley. She is a well known dressmaker, who sews for some of the most elite women in Washington City. When Mrs. Lincoln comes to the White House, she starts sewing for her also. The friendship of these two women grows through the years of Lincoln’s first term ...