Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Large Print - 2015
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Imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general's wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake-until she forged an identity of her own.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Thorndike Press,, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410475107
Characteristics: 675 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 28, 2015

I received an Advance Reading Copy of this. I enjoy historical fiction but this seemed to get a bit text booky to me at times. I ended up glossing over the last 100 pages. I was saddened that there was not more about Madame Jule in the book. I cannot speak to how historically accurate the book is. I did not find this to be a difficult read.

Jul 17, 2015

Like this book better than Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. I found it a quick read and it had more interesting ideas to ponder. It was refreshing to me to see the Civil War from Grant's viewpoint which might have caused me to like it better than Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.

Apr 28, 2015

Jennifer Chiaverini's forays into historical fiction are far more worthwhile than her Elm Creek series and less precious.I found Mrs Grant and Madam Jule an easily digested, informative read.The juxtaposition of the 2 women's lives as with Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker, is well considered.The civil war in America and the years that followed were fraught as its citizens came to terms with the abolition of slavery. Gone with the Wind it isn't but nonetheless readable for all that in a less demanding way.

Apr 25, 2015

There was much more information on the civil war itself than I expected. I did learn a lot although not that interested in battles and troop strategy.
The story of each woman was fully developed and very captivating.
Although I can never understand how humans can justify owning other humans the slow dawning of Mrs. Grant as to why it was wrong gave me some perspective.

Apr 24, 2015

I enjoy historical fiction and was looking forward to this book. I was disappointed to find that the title and novel description are misleading. Only a small part at the beginning of the book are about the relationship between Mrs. Grant and her slave, Jule. Jule's separate life is sprinkled into the book here and there, but she never has contact with Mrs. Grant again throughout their lives. The majority of the book is about Julia Dent Grant and her love, support, and sacrifice for her husband, General Ulysses Grant. Although I learned much about President and Mrs. Grant, I found it to be a slow read.

athompson10 Apr 24, 2015

I thought Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker was much more historically based than this one. This could be classified as a romance novel as easily as historical fiction, because a LOT of it is Mrs. Grant's mooning over her husband.

Apr 14, 2015

In her well-researched fictional accounts of Civil War women, continues to weave the story of relationships between black servants and their white employers/masters. The books need not be ready in order of publishing, but I was glad I read Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival before I read this account of Ulysses S. Grant’s wife and her slave Jule. I appreciated how she told both the point of view of Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Grant in the battlefield visit to Richmond. My admiration for President Lincoln continues to rise as he had so many challenges with his temperamental wife. I thought this book did superb job of showing how white southern women saw their household help as “servants” and not “slaves, and were unable to understand how blacks could be unhappy. As in the other books the story of the maid, Jule, who later escaped slavery and became a successful hairdresser was poignant.

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