Monday, November 3, 2014

The Spirit of Josephine

The Spirit of Josephine is by Florence Ladd. Violet Fields is a black American expat. She became famous singing in Paris clubs and music halls. She was inspired by the magnificent Josephine Baker, whose spirit visits Violet at times. She was been alienated from her family in Kentucky for years. When her niece arrives from the U.S. wanting to follow in her aunt's show business footsteps, Violet is forced to renew family ties. This story, set in Paris, looks at racial issues in America and France, the expatriate experience, the importance of family, and the difficulties involved in keeping family together. 

Ratings: 10th grade - 8 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).

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