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The Downstairs Girl

Auteur(s): Stacey Lee
Narrateur(s): Emily Woo Zeller
Durée: 10 h et 22 min
4,3 out of 5 stars (3 évaluations)

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From the critically-acclaimed author of Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon and founding member of We Need Diverse Books comes a powerful novel about identity, betrayal, and the meaning of family.

By day, 17-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie". When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light.

With prose that is witty, insightful, and at times heartbreaking, Stacey Lee masterfully crafts an extraordinary social drama set in the New South.

©2019 Stacey Lee (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Au global
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  • Debbie
  • 2020-09-27

Puts me to sleep

I have terrible insomnia. I use recorded books along with medical marijuana to quell monkey mind.

  • Au global
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  • Grace
  • 2020-07-19

Resilience, love, kindness win the day

Jo is a very likable, admirable Chinese teen orphan living in Atlanta during Reconstruction, who along with Old Jin is eking out the life that is available to them at that time in this country. Old Jin's wisdom and love for Jo have helped make her who she is and who she will be, While finding ways to do more and be more, she uses her sharp wit and self-confidence to make life better for them both. They endure racism and poor treatment and in the end Jo learns about her family and the ways racism was a part of them and effected them.

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  • Michele Houghton
  • 2020-02-28

Exceptionally written!

This is a book I couldn’t put down. So many emotions stirred in me. Having a Korean adopted daughter, myself, it made the cultural issues heartbreaking. Yet, because of the perseverance and personality of Jo in the story, each victory she had you wanted to jump up and celebrate with her. There were surprises and twists in the storyline along the way; making for a most interesting read!

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  • kmh
  • 2019-12-31

inaccurate historic details

The story is somewhat interesting, but the depictions of horses' behavior, horseback riding, and various historical details are pure fabrication. I found those details were very distracting as I listened to the story. The plot is good, with some unexpected twists, but it would have been a much better book if an equine-savvy editor had looked it over first.

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  • Au global
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  • Stephanie Anne Slack
  • 2019-11-29

Wonderful Story

I absolutely loved Stacy Lee's story and felt sad when it came to an end and I had to say farewell to Jo, Old Gin, Nathan, Noemi, and all the wonderful characters I had grown so found of. I will be reading more books by Stacey Lee in the future.

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  • vicki
  • 2019-10-06

Wonderful story and reader!!

This story had me imagining the heroine and all her surroundings. The author wrote beautiful detail that took me along for a captivating journey!! Thank you Ms Lee for sharing such a gift with me!!!

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  • Chatty Kathy
  • 2019-09-22

Good story!

Enjoyed the story. recommend!Definitely held my attention. The reading was great very entertaining! Enjoy it!!