The Spirit of Josephine by
Call Number: PS 3612 .A33 S65 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-26
Violet Fields, a black American singer in Paris clubs and music halls, reflects on her life after decades of separation and alienation from her Louisville, Kentucky origins. Inspired by the legend of Josephine Baker, Violet is visited occasionally by the spirit of Josephine. Violet's niece, Hope, arrives from the U.S. and renews Violet's family ties. This gripping story, set in Paris, delves into racial treatment, expatriate experience, social mobility of African Americans, and family reunion dynamics. It is a "deliciously evocative novel...sure to resonate with anyone who cherishes family and treasures Paris."