Author: Karin Tanabe
Title: The Gilded Years
Print Length: 400
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
Format: PDF, ePub, mobi, azw, kf8, txt, ibook, Kindle
In 1897, one young woman risks everything to earn a college degreebut the secret she hides could be her undoing. Passing meets The House of Mirth in this captivating reimagining of a remarkable true story.Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the countrys most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that would have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, this daughter of a janitor and descendant of slaves has successfully passed as white, but now finds herself rooming with Louise Lottie Taylor, the scion of one of New Yorks most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lotties sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what its like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white womanthe person everyone believes her to beand even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. Its only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anitas brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sisters, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anitas college graduation looms, those closest to her will be the ones to dangerously threaten her secret. Set against the vibrant backdrop of the Gilded Age, an era when old money traditions collided with modern ideas, Tanabe has written an unputdownable and emotionally compelling story of hope, sacrifice, and betrayaland a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.