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  • ISBN: 006297906X
  • ISBN: 9780062979063
  • Physical Description: 370 pages ; 24 cm
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021]

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Summary, etc.: "For fifteen years August Sitwell has worked for the Barclays, a well-to-do white family who plucked him from an orphan asylum and gave him a job. The groundskeeper is part of the household's all-black staff, along with "Miss Mamie," the talented cook, pretty new maid Jennie Williams, and three young kitchen apprentices - the latest orphan boys Mr. Barclay has taken in to "civilize" - boys like August. But the Barclays fortunes have fallen, and their money is almost gone. When a prospective business associate proposes selling Miss Mamie's delicious rib sauce to local markets under the brand name "The Rib King" - using a caricature of a wildly grinning August on the label - Mr. Barclay, desperate for cash, agrees. Yet neither Miss Mamie nor August will see a dime. Humiliated, August grows increasingly distraught, his anger building to a rage that explodes in shocking tragedy. "--Publisher.
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  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 December #1
    *Starred Review* In 1914, in an unnamed city that looks like Chicago in the years following the 1893 World's Fair, the all-Black residential staff of the Barclay house is navigating the touchy politics of serving an affluent white family whose prosperity has diminished. There's Mr. Sitwell, the groundskeeper turned butler; Mamie, the cook; Jennie, a maid; and three orphaned teenagers who work as Sitwell's apprentices. Each hails from a different region of the nation, each with different experience of racism in turn-of-the-century America. Conflict is inevitable when guests of the Barclays propose a business opportunity for their friends: start selling Mamie's meat sauce with a caricature image of Sitwell on the label, then assume all profits for themselves. The deal is incendiary for the staff, and tragic in myriad ways. Ten years later, Sitwell has become "The Rib King" full-time, performing exploitative "cooking" shows for white audiences across the country. The former house staff must reckon with their ties to the Rib King, and the icon's violent implications, before that history claims their chance at a freer future. The inimitable Hubbard (The Talented Ribkins, 2018) delivers a dazzling tour-de-force in this richly painted, perfectly timed meditation on privilege and fury. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: African American household employees Fiction
Upper class families Fiction
Race relations Fiction
Exploitation Fiction
FICTION / African American / Historical
FICTION / Historical / General
African American household employees
Exploitation
Race relations
Upper class families
Genre: Novels.
Historical fiction.
Novels.
Historical fiction.
Fiction.
Historical fiction.

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