Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
By: Jennifer Chiaverini
Historical Fiction, Civil War Era, Washington, DC
Mary Todd Lincoln was a wife and mother, before she became the First Lady of the United States. With her new title, came new privileges, one of them being a personal seamstress. Enter Lizzie Keckley, a freed slave, making a living sewing gowns for the wives of high ranking political figures. Lizzie and Mrs. Lincoln form a bond as life delivers them devastating news and as their country is ripped apart at the seams.
Readers will be transported back in time to the heart of Washington, DC, during all the angst and turmoil as the States began to war with themselves. The point of view is told from an outsider’s perspective as they peer through the window and watch the main character’s development, cluing readers into her emotions. Each section is dated from a significant part of American history, which will not only give readers a bit of warning, but also to give them further information that the main characters themselves have not yet experienced. Fans of this era and fictionalized memoirs, will appreciate Chiaverini’s book.
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