The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee audiobook

The Downstairs Girl

By Stacey Lee
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781400170784

  • ISBN: 9781400170784

Runtime: 10.37 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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, seventeen-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A bold portrait of this country’s past, brilliantly painted with wit, heartbreak, and unflinching honesty.” Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author
"The Downstairs Girl holds a mirror to our present issues while giving us a detailed and vibrant picture of life in the past…As Jo tackles all injustices head-on, and tension rises, the book races to a soundly satisfying conclusion.” New York Times
“Vividly rendered, intriguingly plotted…Jo’s example of resistance and hope is sure to resonate with today’s readers.” Washington Post
“Unflinching in its portrayals of racism yet ultimately hopeful and heartfelt, this narrative places voices frequently left out of historical fiction center stage.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Emily Woo Zeller’s dynamic narration and Southern accent pair well with the author’s elegant writing style…Zeller masterfully employs varied tone, pace, pitch, and accent strength to convey the men and women of late-nineteenth-century Atlanta…Zeller’s intense energy during moments of tension is wonderfully immersive, making this audiobook hard to pause.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Stacey Lee

Author Bio: Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon, the winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. She is a fourth-generation Chinese American and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Born in Southern California, she graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, and then got her law degree at the University of California, Davis.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 10.37
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English