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The Undertaker's Assistant: A Captivating Post-Civil War Era Novel of Southern Historical Fiction Paperback – 30 July 2019

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  • Publisher : KENSINGTON (30 July 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1496713680
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1496713681
  • Dimensions : 14.27 x 2.24 x 20.93 cm
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Set during Reconstruction-era New Orleans, and with an extraordinary and unforgettable heroine at its heart, The Undertaker's Assistant is a powerful story of human resilience-and of the unlikely bonds that hold fast even in our darkest moments.

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I am absolutely smitten with the main character, Effie. Smart, competent, awkward, and head strong she sped me through the pages until I had devoured the entire book. I was fascinated by descriptions of early embalming while New Orleans of 1875 burst to life; the beauty and gaiety of the city, the excited, hopeful disposition the freedmen, and the dark stains of its past as well as the looming shadows of its future. I love how this author exposes us to pieces of our American past that have been (purposefully) overlooked. She holds our hand as she unearths ugly truths that have so much relevance to our nation today. This book was a perfect combination of entertaining and enlightening, and I highly recommend it!
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