Inventing Victoria / Tonya Bolden.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, is offered the opportunity to leave her shameful past and be transformed into an educated, high-society woman in Washington, D.C." -- (Source of summary not specified)
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants-- until she meets Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. Dorcas transforms Essie into Victoria: with a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. When the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender. -- adapted from jacket
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references.
    • ISBN:
      9781681198071
      168119807X
    • Accession Number:
      2018024642
    • Accession Number:
      on1033643519
      1033643519
    • Accession Number:
      fay.622783
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BOLDEN, T. Inventing Victoria. [s. l.]: Bloomsbury, 2019. ISBN 9781681198071. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783. Acesso em: 24 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Bolden T. Inventing Victoria. Bloomsbury; 2019. Accessed October 24, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783
    • APA:
      Bolden, T. (2019). Inventing Victoria. Bloomsbury.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bolden, Tonya. 2019. Inventing Victoria. Bloomsbury. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783.
    • Harvard:
      Bolden, T. (2019) Inventing Victoria. Bloomsbury. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783 (Accessed: 24 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bolden, T 2019, Inventing Victoria, Bloomsbury, viewed 24 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Bolden, Tonya. Inventing Victoria. Bloomsbury, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bolden, Tonya. Inventing Victoria. Bloomsbury, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bolden T. Inventing Victoria [Internet]. Bloomsbury; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 24]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.622783

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 October #2

In her follow-up to Crossing Ebenezer Creek? (2017), Bolden explores what happened to those who survived that journey, through the character of Essie, a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Georgia. When presented with the chance to start over, Essie becomes Victoria and moves to Baltimore to learn how to become a society lady, eventually ending up living the good life in Washington, D.C. Though she vows to say goodbye to her past, Victoria finds it's easier said than done. The novel's short introductory chapters give background to her story and invite readers into Victoria's life, but their nonlinear arrangement can be hard to follow. Only after several flashbacks and flash-forwards does the book finally settle in real-time narration. The story, as described in Bolden's author's note, seeks to illuminate "an often-neglected aspect of black history: the black middle class and black aristocracy of the past." The rich descriptions of people and life in early America will fascinate readers as the book introduces them to this widely overlooked population in history. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Fall

Fourteen-year-old Essie longs to escape her miserable life in post-Reconstruction Savannah, Georgia, where her mother earns her living as a prostitute. After Essie leaves home, wealthy Dorcas Vashon transforms her into a socialite in Washington, DC, with an invented background. Essie, now Victoria, has an epiphany that helps her understand the tragic complexities of her mother's life. Bolden captures the period with meticulous detail in this engrossing coming-of-age story. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2019 #1

Set during the post-Reconstruction era, this novel offers an intriguing view of nineteenth-century African American upper-echelon society. Fourteen-year-old Essie longs to escape her miserable life in Savannah, Georgia, where her mother earns her living as a prostitute. Essie finds refuge in the company of an older woman, Ma Clara, who takes a maternal interest in the girl and encourages her aspirations. After leaving home, Essie meets the wealthy Miss Dorcas Vashon, who offers to turn her into a lady; to help her "rise in life." Under Miss Vashon's draconian tutelage in etiquette, deportment, and the rules of polite society, Essie is transformed into a young socialite—one newly arrived in Washington, DC, with a different name and invented background. Reflecting on her past, Essie, now Victoria, has an epiphany that helps her understand the tragic complexities of her mother's life ("In slavery her whitefolks abused her every which way, left her broken in mind") and come to terms with her conflicted feelings. Bolden captures the period with meticulous detail. Appearances by prominent African American luminaries of the era (including abolitionist Frederick Douglass, activist Mollie Church Terrell, and educator Booker T. Washington), all seamlessly woven into the narrative, extend the authenticity of this engrossing coming-of-age story. An author's note identifies Essie's mother, Praline, as a character in Bolden's Crossing Ebenezer Creek (rev. 3/17). pauletta brown bracy January/February 2019 p 86 Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.