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Effie Jones was an escaped slave raised by an army surgeon and his wife During her time in Indiana, she learned to read and write while gaining life skills living with a doctor She eventually returns to her native New Orleans during the reconstruction era seeking work as an embalmer Her motivation is to trace her roots and to reconnect with anyone from her family.Effie focuses on her work as an assistant to an undertaker and has little time to socialize Her mindset changes after she meets Sa Effie Jones was an escaped slave raised by an army surgeon and his wife During her time in Indiana, she learned to read and write while gaining life skills living with a doctor She eventually returns to her native New Orleans during the reconstruction era seeking work as an embalmer Her motivation is to trace her roots and to reconnect with anyone from her family.Effie focuses on her work as an assistant to an undertaker and has little time to socialize Her mindset changes after she meets Samson Greene and activist who is passionate about changing the culture of the city Effie starts to experience romantic feelings for Samson but he is not ready for a relationship In the background, racial tensions in New Orleans begin to spiral leading to a dark period of violence.The Undertaker by Amanda Skenandore brings to life a delicate period of U.S history with her realistic characters and plot line Effie is an engaging person and I enjoyed watching her navigate through social and personal barriers (((Free Kindle))) ☔ The Undertaker's Assistant: A Captivating Post-Civil War Era Novel of Southern Historical Fiction ⇗ An enthralling novel of historical fiction for fans of Lisa Wingate and Ellen Marie Wiseman, The Undertaker s Assistantis a powerful story of human resilience set during Reconstruction era New Orleans that features an extraordinary and unforgettable heroine at its heartThe dead can t hurt you Only the living can Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child, knows the truth of her words Taken in by an army surgeon and his wife during the War, she learned to read and write, to tolerate the sight of blood and broken bodies and to forget what is too painful to bear Now a young freedwoman, she has returned south to New Orleans and earns her living as an embalmer, her steady hand and skillful incisions compensating for her white employer s shortcomingsTall and serious, Effie keeps her distance from the other girls in her boarding house, holding tight to the satisfaction she finds in her work But despite her reticence, two encounters with a charismatic state legislator named Samson Greene, and a beautiful young Creole, Adeline introduce her to new worlds of protests and activism, of soirees and social ambition Effie decides to seek out the past she has blocked from her memory and try to trace her kin As her hopes are tested by betrayal, and New Orleans grapples with violence and growing racial turmoil, Effie faces loss and heartache, but also a chance to finally find her place Location New OrleansTime the post Civil warOur heroine Effie Jones, a young woman, a former slave with quite a history She is now what is referred to in the book as a freed woman As a young girl in Indiana, Effie escaped to the Union side and was taken in by a surgeon in the army along with his wife, who taught her some of the necessary life skills and exposed her to the blood and gore of the war While some of this isthan what a young girl should see, it has given her the knowledge Location New OrleansTime the post Civil warOur heroine Effie Jones, a young woman, a former slave with quite a history She is now what is referred to in the book as a freed woman As a young girl in Indiana, Effie escaped to the Union side and was taken in by a surgeon in the army along with his wife, who taught her some of the necessary life skills and exposed her to the blood and gore of the war While some of this isthan what a young girl should see, it has given her the knowledge and experience to becoming an embalmer It has made her a resilient and strong person in some ways She does lack some other important life skills, and we read about her struggles with that She is quite excellent at her New Orleans embalming job her calm demeanor, her attention to detail, her knowledge of anatomy and science The fact that she is a woman and the fact that she is a Negress which is a term used to describe her in the book, makes it difficult for her to be taken seriously by some folks and for her to have a firm confidence in herself One reason being, she does not know or clearly remember the history of her life before she came to the army surgeon and wife s care She remembers bits and pieces, but frustratingly enough cannot put all the pieces together It s difficult to be your own true self when you really don t know who you are at all I was very impressed with her embalming work and the different situations she became involved in Her perfection, care and compassion for the deceased Her white employer s booziness and political and family attachments were always abrading away in the background, but she had a way about herself that she could manage him and saved his reputation many a time by stepping in when he could not perform This all comes to a head as Effie becomes involved in and with some political and racial activism and falls in love with a captivating speaking and handsome state legislator by the name of Samson Greene Attempting to juggle her job, her employer, her landlady and the women at the boarding house, Samson, the activist group s , trying to research her past, as well as having and learning about relationships with some unusual friends, she is thrown into some trying personal circumstances which include confusion, betrayals, violence, ignorance, racial turmoil and illegal activity.This book was not on my TBR list, it was kind of a rogue pick at the library I m pleased to say that I m very happy with my selection and enjoyed reading a bit of important post history and the life and times of our heroine, Effie The beginning of the story is slow to start, and required many recesses on my part in order to proceed It was difficult to tell where the direction of the story was going at first It seemed like one activity jumped to something unrelated But then around 40% of the novel it picked up and I was able to attach myself In this novel, the main character, Effie, reaches to answer the questions Does emptiness feel better than pain Is it better to be alone during life or alone after life The story The beginning of the story is slow to start, and required many recesses on my part in order to proceed It was difficult to tell where the direction of the story was going at first It seemed like one activity jumped to something unrelated But then around 40% of the novel it picked up and I was able to attach myself In this novel, the main character, Effie, reaches to answer the questions Does emptiness feel better than pain Is it better to be alone during life or alone after life The story is very dark, per the title itself, and centers around the motif of death While the story details Effie s life as an undertaker s assistant in New Orleans as a freedman during the Reconstruction Era, she constantly affiliates her experiences to death itself not only in her thoughts, but shares these thoughts with those around her The writing style carries dark comedy, which I found enticing and humorous At times I found myself laughing out loud at Effie s awkward social interactions This historical aspects were my favorite part Effie is able to tell the story of the Reconstruction Era, in her own unique way as an embalmer, through the party scenes and political organizations The sociology in Louisiana at this time are best reflected in her relationships which comprised of all shades, budgets, and walks of life Most of the brutality and violence incorporated was researched on part by the author and is included in the epilogue.I recommend reading this book on the Kindle since there is profuse use of anatomical words, historical 19th century vernacular, and French spoken in this novel.Many thanks to NetGalley, Amanda Skenandore, and Kensington books for allowing me to read this advanced copy Set in post Civil War New Orleans, The Undertaker s Assistant is a riveting historical that captivated me from the start New Orleans is trying to bounce back after the war and recession when Effie arrives looking for work Her skill and talent for embalming quickly lands her a job Havig been taught the process at a young age from an Army Sargent that took her in as a child, Effie iscomfortable among the dead than she is with the living Her penchant for calling things as they are and her Set in post Civil War New Orleans, The Undertaker s Assistant is a riveting historical that captivated me from the start New Orleans is trying to bounce back after the war and recession when Effie arrives looking for work Her skill and talent for embalming quickly lands her a job Havig been taught the process at a young age from an Army Sargent that took her in as a child, Effie iscomfortable among the dead than she is with the living Her penchant for calling things as they are and her unwillingness to deal with fools made me adore her, and her intelligence and strength were inspiring I loved her I really enjoyed the bits of her past life that were peppered throughout the book My favorite part of the book was when the embalming process was described It s not for the faint of heart, but I didn t know much about it so I enjoyed learning Skenandore does a remarkable job with bringing post war New Orleans to life It s a book that is meant to be savored like a fine wine You know you read a good book when you still think of the character months or years later and I know I will still be thinking of Effie for a long time to come Highly recommend I received this from Netgalley.com for a review Set 11 yrs after the Civil War Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child She has returned south to New Orleans and earns her living as an embalmer, her steady hand and skillful incisions compensating for her employer s shortcomings.It was a little rough getting into it but ended up being a very Good story I liked Effie and how she could be so brutally honest 4 Effie a former slave escaped the south during the war and, raised as a ward by a couple in the north At, the tender age of seven she began learning the skills of an embalmer Now as a young free woman, she has returned to New Orleans, near the place they found her She finds work as an undertaker s assistant to a northern sympathizer who s beliefs, drinking, and unsteady hands have left his business in shambles She quickly turns things the business around, earning herself a dollar a day She l Effie a former slave escaped the south during the war and, raised as a ward by a couple in the north At, the tender age of seven she began learning the skills of an embalmer Now as a young free woman, she has returned to New Orleans, near the place they found her She finds work as an undertaker s assistant to a northern sympathizer who s beliefs, drinking, and unsteady hands have left his business in shambles She quickly turns things the business around, earning herself a dollar a day She lives in a boarding house for young women on the colored side of town, and stumbles upon a Ward meeting Here she hears the charismatic state legislator named Samson Greene speak It is the first time she feels smitten for a man.Through the girls at the boarding house she visits a fortune teller and meets a beautiful young Creole, Adeline whom she eventually befriends There are a lot of firsts for Effie in this story and as she experiences things, the memories of her past sneak back in flashes, smells andEffie cannot remember anything before her ward found her beside a river bank where she uttered the words, I m lookin for da Yankees Amanda Skenandore recreates the dangerous political climate highlighting some darker moments that occurred in Louisiana during this period She shared the struggles, fear, hatred and determination of these proud people From social activism to burned marble cake she shared it all.I laughed, and I cried right along with Effie The scenes where she regained her full memories felt very surreal, as did her fear by the river, and in the woods Mixed in we have romance, betrayal, friendship, family and finding home.I would be neglectful if I didn t mention the darker sides of this tale There is murder, racial brutality, rape, physical beatings and flashbacks While none were overly graphic, the author didn t gloss over these painful truth to our nation s history Then we have the embalming details The geeky side of me found all of this fascinating but once again confirmed my preference for cremation.The story offers a glimpse into Effie Jones life and journey as she looks for answers and a place to call home I laughed, cried, was angered and became emotionally invested in the story as it unfolded This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer This one is different than your usual Civil War book Set during Reconstruction era New Orleans, the cast of characters especially Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child will make you sit up and take notice Taken in by an army surgeon and his wife during the War, she learned to read and write, to tolerate the sight of blood and broken bodies Things that are just not the norm for women and especially women of this time period Effie is not afraid to get involved in This one is different than your usual Civil War book Set during Reconstruction era New Orleans, the cast of characters especially Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child will make you sit up and take notice Taken in by an army surgeon and his wife during the War, she learned to read and write, to tolerate the sight of blood and broken bodies Things that are just not the norm for women and especially women of this time period Effie is not afraid to get involved in and becomes an undertakers assistant She returns south as a free woman to New Orleans and becomes an embalmer, her skills make up for the lack of competence of her employer.Despite the difficulties Effie faces in her life she shows a quite and unmatched inner strength no one can fault.Deals with racial turmoil, uncertainty revolving her relationships with state legislator Samson Greene, and a beautiful young Creole, Adeline There is a goal to all of this as suppressed memories all come back to her at the end despite trying to block it as she tries to seek out her kin.Quite the unexpected ending I just didn t see it coming A must read, this historical kept me memorized through out as I turned the pages The author has a captivating writing style.Published July 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing CorporationI was given a complimentary copy Thank you.All opinions expressed are my own This is a story set in New Orleans after the Civil War Effie Jones was a slave who escaped and lived a big part of her life in Indiana learning anatomy and the art of embalming Looking for her roots she returns to New Orleans and experiences life on her own Lots of action to experience in this work by Amanda Skenandore This book was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley with no requirements for a review Comments here are my honest opinion. In war ravaged New Orleans, Twenty one year old Effie Jones is trying to search out her roots Having escaped slavery as a child with the help of Union officer, Captain John Kinyon and his wife, Effie was taught how to be an embalmer Intending to seek out employment in New Orleans, Effie approaches Colonel Whitmark, the local undertaker, who is an Alcoholic Being employed as the undertaker s assistant, Effie puts all of her energy into her work and finds little time for socializing Out on an In war ravaged New Orleans, Twenty one year old Effie Jones is trying to search out her roots Having escaped slavery as a child with the help of Union officer, Captain John Kinyon and his wife, Effie was taught how to be an embalmer Intending to seek out employment in New Orleans, Effie approaches Colonel Whitmark, the local undertaker, who is an Alcoholic Being employed as the undertaker s assistant, Effie puts all of her energy into her work and finds little time for socializing Out on an errand, Effie runs into Samson Greene, an activist that is trying to get needed changes made Over time, Effie begins going to the representatives meetings to see Samson Effie begins to fall in love with Samson but will he return her love Author Amanda Skenandore, has written a remarkable book that describes the post civil war reconstruction era Extremely well written this novel touched all of my emotions I look forward to readingof this brilliant authors works