Set During Reconstruction Era New Orleans, And With An Extraordinary And Unforgettable Heroine At Its Heart, The Undertaker S Assistantis A Powerful Story Of Human Resilience And Of The Unlikely Bonds That Hold Fast Even In Our Darkest Moments.The Dead Can T Hurt You Only The Living Can Effie Jones, A Former Slave Who Escaped To The Union Side As A Child, Knows The Truth Of Her Words Taken In By An Army Surgeon And His Wife During The War, She Learned To Read And Write, To Tolerate The Sight Of Blood And Broken Bodies And To Forget What Is Too Painful To Bear Now A Young Freedwoman, She Has Returned South To New Orleans And Earns Her Living As An Embalmer, Her Steady Hand And Skillful Incisions Compensating For Her White Employer S Shortcomings.Tall And Serious, Effie Keeps Her Distance From The Other Girls In Her Boarding House, Holding Tight To The Satisfaction She Finds In Her Work But Despite Her Reticence, Two Encounters With A Charismatic State Legislator Named Samson Greene, And A Beautiful Young Creole, Adeline Introduce Her To New Worlds Of Protests And Activism, Of Soirees And Social Ambition Effie Decides To Seek Out The Past She Has Blocked From Her Memory And Try To Trace Her Kin As Her Hopes Are Tested By Betrayal, And New Orleans Grapples With Violence And Growing Racial Turmoil, Effie Faces Loss And Heartache, But Also A Chance To Finally Find Her Place.
Amanda is the author of BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY, winner of the American Library Association s 2019 Reading List Award for Best Historical Fiction, and THE UNDERTAKER S ASSISTANT, coming from Kensington in July 2019 She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and sang and danced her way through 68 cities on both sides of the Atlantic with the service organization Up with People before starting college.
- 336 pages
- The Undertakers Assistant
- Amanda Skenandore
- 18 March 2019 Amanda Skenandore