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Review: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini Dutton, 2015.  Hardcover, 400 pages. This dual fictional biography focuses on Julia Dent Grant and Jule, the slave she owned for the majority of her life.  After a prologue that showed both Julia and Jule playing together as children, the novel begins in earnest when Julia was…

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Review: Jane Steele

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye J.P. Putnam and Sons, 2016. Hardcover, 416 pages. This novel is a unique revisioning of the classic novel Jane Eyre.  However, instead of classic Victorian-era heroine, the Jane Eyre character is reenvisioned as a serial murderess. Jane Steele, called wicked by her aunt, grew up in a cottage near her…