Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

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Review: Mademoiselle Revolution, by Zoe Sivak

This is a very rich, complex novel. Sylvie is the mulatto daughter of a planter on the island of Saint Domingue. She and her half-brother, Gaspar, escape a slave uprising and end up in Paris at the home of their aunt. They both get drawn into the inner circles of the French Revolution, and much ensues in terms of action, reflection, and emotional growth (or lack thereof). There is also a bisexual element to the story that is not so surprising (other than it taking place during this point in history). Getting into the story takes a few pages, but once I was engaged I could not put the book down (so to speak). One thing I loved about the book is that the character growth arcs for all the characters are uneven and bumpy, as much of real life is. It’s a sweeping saga, with plenty of twists and turns.

Do make sure to read or listen to the author’s note at the end of the book!

This book is well worth reading or listening to. I believe the characters will stay with me for a long time.

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