Mademoiselle revolution

by Sivak, Zoe,

Format: Print Book 2022
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Summary
A powerful, engrossing story of a biracial heiress who flees to Paris when the Haitian Revolution burns across her island home. But as she works her way into the inner circle of Robespierre and his mistress, she learns that not even oceans can stop the flames of revolution.
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Booklist Review: "Sylvie Rosiers, biracial teenage daughter of a planter and an enslaved woman, lives contentedly in the racially stratified society of 1791 Saint-Domingue, until violence erupts and she and her half-brother must flee the flames of a slaves' revolt. Sylvie and Gaspard escape to Paris to live with their Aunt Euphemie. There they meet the Duplay family, befriending daughters Elisabeth and Eleonore and their tenant, Maximilien Robespierre. Their new friends introduce Sylvie and Gaspard to a culture that appears more enlightened, less focused on racial differences, but the simmering French Revolution threatens to devour their new home and shatter the illusion of safety that Sylvie craves. As the Rosiers draw near the fringes of power, they must navigate the shifting sands of racism, unexpected romance, tyranny, and the people's trust in authority. Sylvie is sympathetic, mercurial, and flawed, impulsively bolting from conflicts and into danger. Sivak's debut novel is replete with rich details of eighteenth-century life, her characters freely mingling with historical figures and events. Readers will appreciate the tour through French history."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sivak's resonant debut features a woman trapped between two worlds during the Haitian and French revolutions. Sylvie de Rosiers, 18, has lived with her father's family in the French colony of Saint-Domingue since her enslaved mother died in childbirth. Though her father has accepted her as his only daughter and ensured she was well educated, Sylvie knows she will never be fully accepted in society. Her hopes for marriage to a biracial man are diminished when she flees the island for Paris during the slave revolt that leads to independence. The undercurrent of rebellion resonates throughout France as Sylvie is drawn to Maximilien Robespierre and his quest for equality. As Sylvie discovers acceptance in Max's circle, which includes his mistress, Cornélie Duplay, she and Cornélie explore their mutual attraction in secret. Sylvie becomes immersed in her role as a revolutionary, working with Max's brother, Augustin, for the Robespierres' cause. But as the revolution rages on, no one seems immune from the guillotine, leaving Sylvie to fear for her safety and that of her friends. Sivak expertly depicts Sylvie's growing consciousness of the oppressed and of the revolution's contradictions. Readers will be hooked. Agent: Amy Bishop, Dystal, Goderich, and Bourret. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Robespierre, Maximilien, -- 1758-1794 -- Fiction.
Racially mixed women -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Bisexuals -- Fiction.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Fiction.
Haiti -- History -- Revolution, 1791-1804 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Bisexual fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :Berkley,2022
Language English
Description 420 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780593336038
0593336038
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