When Missouri belle Julia Dent weds dashing army officer Ulysses S. Grant in 1848, his abolitionist family refuses to attend the ceremony. They don't approve of Julia's ownership of Jule---her slave since both were children. Chiaverini's vivid historical novel offers an imaginative look at the turbulent path Julia walked as an unrepentant slaveholder behind Union lines. 384 pages, softcover from Dutton.
From New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Chiaverini, the first novel to chronicle the singular relationship between Julia Grant, beloved First Lady, and the courageous woman who was her slave and namesake.
In 1844, shy Missouri belle Julia Dent met Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant, brilliant horseman and reluctant soldier. The two fell deeply in love, but Grants abolitionist family refused to attend their wedding. For despite her husband's objections, Julia kept as her slave another Julia, known as Jule.
Since childhood they had been companions and confidantes. Julia was gifted with prophetic dreams, which Jule helped her interpret; Julia secretly taught Jule to read, while Jule became her vision-impaired mistresss eyes to the world. But as Grant rose through the ranks of the Union army during the Civil War, the stark distinctions between mistress and slave strained their unlikely friendship. Both women risked certain danger as they traveled to and from General Grants military headquartersuntil the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation inspired Jule to make a daring bid for freedom.
Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, The Spymistress, Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, and the Elm Creek Quilts series. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Praise for MRS. GRANT AND MADAME JULE
"The battles are described in detail, but they do not overwhelm, nor do they overshadow the main topic. Chiaverini is a talented author who clearly did her research."
-- RT Book Reviews
"[Chiaverinis] depiction of the essential decency of some of our nations early leaders is a high point."
""The intense research Chiaverini did to document the relationship between Julia and Ulysses Grant is admirable, and made their love story factual and heartwarming. It certainly gave this reader a different perspective of the famous general… All in all this work of historical fiction was a delightful read."
"But never before has [Chiaverini] told a story of such touching beauty and original perspective as she does now in her latest tome, MRS. GRANT AND MADAME JULE."
"Chiaverini's fans will love this light historical romance."
"­Chiaverinis eye for detail coupled with an ability to breathe life into her characters ensures an engrossing period piece that does not fail to both entertain and inform." -- Library Journal
Praise for Jennifer Chiaverini and her Novels
"Historyand its colorful characterscome alive." USA Today
"Jennifer Chiaverini imagines the First Ladys most private affairs through the eyes of an unlikely confidante." Harpers Bazaar
"Chiaverini has drawn a loving portrait of a complex and gifted woman . . . Mrs. Lincolns Dressmaker helps to illuminate the path on which her long and remarkable life led her." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Praise for The Spymistress
"[A] must read book . . . Author Chiaverini has a knack for finding fascinating, if unheralded, women in history she favors the Civil War era and shining a light on them with readable historical novels." New York Post
"Compelling." Historical Novel Society
"Jennifer Chiaverinis latest bestseller will thrill Civil War buffs and anyone who loves reading about American history and the contribution of women to the momentous events that formed this country." Bookreporter
Praise for Mrs. Lincolns Rival
"In addition to simply being fascinating stories, [Jennifer Chiaverinis] novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Filled with details of the social intrigue, slights and innuendo that occurred between the two, the book will appeal to anyone who loves a novel filled with the appearance of numerous fictional accounts of and appearances by the figures who shaped America's history during the period of the Civil War." --Bookreporter