A sitting in St. James

by Williams-Garcia, Rita,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

A tour-de-force from three-time National Book Award finalist Rita Williams-Garcia, this story of an antebellum plantation--and the enduring legacies of slavery upon every person who lives there--is essential reading for both teens and adults grappling with the long history of American racism.

1860, Louisiana. After serving as mistress of Le Petit Cottage for more than six decades, Madame Sylvie Guilbert has decided, in spite of her family's objections, to sit for a portrait.

While Madame plots her last hurrah, stories that span generations--from the big house to out in the fields--of routine horrors, secrets buried as deep as the family fortune, and the tangled bonds of descendants and enslaved.

This astonishing novel from award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia about the interwoven lives of those bound to a plantation in antebellum America is an epic masterwork--empathetic, brutal, and entirely human.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The year is 1860, and Madame Sylvie Guilbert of La Petite Cottage in Louisiana is hell-bent on sitting for a portrait--it's the least she expects after the life she has been forced to live. Having no luck in securing her own social and financial standing, she instead has spent her time working to ensure the futures of her son and grandson, who have their own plans and desires, which have ultimately resulted in the demise of their family's land. Together, three generations of Guilberts work against the backdrop of their family plantation, where stories of the big house and the fields alike are unveiled, revealing the not-so-segregated reality of Guilbert's expansive family. Equal parts history and tantalizing, chaotic drama, Williams-Garcia's stunning novel delivers a fresh and nuanced approach to the tale of American slavery, which directly asks white folks, "Who were you without enslaved people and slavery? What are you without racism?" This shift away from the brutalization and abuse of Black bodies does not lessen the perceived severity of slavery, but, rather, focuses on the burgeoning American (read: white) identity and the tensions amid various cultural, regional, and national divides. Though the subject matter is particularly heavy at times (including descriptions of rape), as a whole, this is compelling in its ability to wrap readers in rich threads of family, romance, and the vibrant history of Creole Louisiana, and the depth of its characters will occupy space in readers' minds well beyond the final page. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling, award-winning Williams-Garcia's return to YA, particularly with a book as monumental as this, is definite cause for celebration."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The history of a white plantation-owning family dominates this substantial portrait of antebellum slavery by Newbery Honoree Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer). Forced to marry a middle-aged planter or risk death at the French Revolution's start, Madame Sylvie Bernardin de Maret Dacier Guilbert is now the 80-year-old mistress of a failing plantation. Presiding over Le Petit Cottage in Louisiana's St. James Parish, Madame Sylvie insists upon sitting for a painting--"an obligation to the legacy of the family"--despite its cost. Aiming to keep the estate afloat while catering to his mother's traditions, her syphilitic son connives to marry off his children. Twined with the Guilbert family's past are the histories of the enslaved people they exploit in the 1860s, including 16-year-old multilingual Thisbe, personal servant to Madame Sylvie. This provoking history unsparingly centers the brutalization of its Black characters, including manifold instances of beatings, sexual assault, and slurs. If the telling dramatizes harmful philosophies and queer pain, it also offers an unvarnished look at a slowly toppling power structure obsessed with artifice and tradition, hinting through a notably long-view lens that new generations may, slowly and not without suffering, move away from antiquated ideology. Ages 16--up. (May)■"
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Additional Information
Subjects Slavery -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Louisiana -- Fiction.
Plantation life -- Louisiana -- Fiction.
Louisiana -- History -- 1803-1865 -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Sitting in Saint James
Audience Ages 16 up.
Language English
Description xvii, 460 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780062367297
0062367293
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