Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule

Mrs Grant and Madame Jule The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker and Mrs Lincoln s Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant beloved as a Civil War general s wife and the First Lady yet who grap

  • Title: Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule
  • Author: Jennifer Chiaverini
  • ISBN: 9780525954293
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker and Mrs Lincoln s Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general s wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake until she forged a proud identity of her own.In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzliThe New York Times bestselling author of Mrs Lincoln s Dressmaker and Mrs Lincoln s Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general s wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake until she forged a proud identity of her own.In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony.Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule Jule guarded her mistress s closely held twin secrets She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight So it was that Jule became Julia s eyes to the world.And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks becoming general in chief of the Union Army so did the stakes of their pact During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband s side.Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars While Julia spoke out for women Union and Confederate she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame The two women s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant s Tomb.Mrs Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow.
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    • Angela M says:

      Mr . and Mrs . Grant feels like a more appropriate title since the book for me was much more about their relationship and his campaigns in the war than about Julia and Jule except in the early part of the book . I was very much engaged in the beginning with the relationship of Julia Dent and the slave girl named Jule . While Jule's story is part of the novel, it remained for me in the background of the story of the big, bold and humble general who leads the Union to victory , becomes President a [...]

    • Linda says:

      I enjoyed reading Mrs. Grant and Madam Jule, probably, enough to give it four stars, but I am compelled to knock off a star for historical inaccuracies. This is a historical fiction book, so I do expect fiction; but a book like this implicitly implies that the historical record will be respected. Chiaverini turned Ulessy S. Grant into a saint, completely ignoring anything about his life that didn’t fit the paradigm. She admitted only one moment of imperfection, but even then protected Grant fr [...]

    • Donna says:

      Having read and loved one of this author's previous books, I was looking forward to reading this one. The title and the flap alluded to a book about the relationship between these two women. It read as two separate books, the more dominant one a chronicle of civil war battles. I found this book very disappointing.

    • Tanya Negrey says:

      This book perpetuates the long history of white privilege and suppressing the voices of African-Americans. The fact that the writer is a white woman orchestrating this is so bad it's a cliche. The title is completely misleading; this book has very little to do with the relationship between a southern woman and her slave. In fact, the storyline of Jule, the slave, takes a long backseat to the ridiculously detailed accounts of Julia's husband's war and political achievements, and presents Ulysses [...]

    • Kim says:

      2.5 stars, I think I would've liked this story better if it had been all about their relationship only.

    • Kim says:

      I received a copy of this book pre-publication from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.People say that behind every great man there is a woman. In the case of President Ulysses S. Grant, his wife Julia didn’t stand behind him. She stood beside him.Jennifer Chiaverini's newest novel,Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule describes how the partnership and marriage of a southern belle to a northern abolitionist changed the history of our nation.It is simply wonderful, peppered with small nuggets of u [...]

    • LORI CASWELL says:

      Dollycas’s ThoughtsMarriage is a partnership and that theme blooms within the pages of Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. When Julia Dent met Ulysses S Grant her life changed forever. A whole new world opened to her as he looked beyond her flaws and took her into his life. She followed him around the country as his military career prospered and slowly realized that all women no matter the color of their skin should be equal but it was too late as her maid Jule has run away several years earlier.The G [...]

    • Jean Poulos says:

      This book was published March 3, 2015. The book follows the lives of two girls: Julia Dent and her slave Jule. As children they were best of friends and were always together. As they grew older the line between master and slave grew.Julia married Ulysses Grant and despite his loyalty to the Union their marriage succeeded. Ulysses quickly rose in the ranks and Julia traveled with him from post to post. While the Civil war raged, Jule was battling her loyalty to Julia and her desire to be free. Ju [...]

    • Barb says:

      I wanted to like this book because I'm very interested in the time period--but it was written as a 'tell' type of book vs 'show'. Parts of it were incredibly long and somewhat boring. For a book titled Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule--there was very little Madame Jule on board. My other quibble was that history points to Grant as a drinker, to excess at various points, but here that was glossed over to the point that it was non-entity. Per the author's note in the back, this is a fictional account ba [...]

    • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~ says:

      I admit I read this over a period of time. It was a good book.Could have held my attention longer if maybe it wasn't a bit boring in the middle.

    • Wendy says:

      In "Mrs Grant and Madame Jule," which I won through /First Reads Jennifer Chiaverini brings to life the relationship of a slave and her Southern mistress amid the turbulence of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. The story begins with the warmth and friendship of Julia and Jule, two young "ginger-and- cream" girls ; one a slave the other the mistress. With time the warmth of their childhood relationship devolves as strictures of society marks one a slave and the other her owner. The marr [...]

    • J. Else says:

      I received an advance review copy from publisher via NetGalley. A HUGE thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for this opportunity to read and review.This novel is about Julia Dent Grant and her love, support, and sacrifice for her husband, General Ulysses Grant. Its supposed to be about Mrs. Grant and her slave, Jule. And while we do hear Jule's story, it's only an afterthought sprinkled randomly within the story. The two contrasting narratives were not well-connected, and their relationshi [...]

    • Christine says:

      MRS. GRANT AND MADAM JULE by Jennifer Chiaverini* I received this ebook at no charge from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *When a young Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant first began courting Julia Dent everyone agreed that they made an unlikely match. He was a northern abolitionist and she was a southern Missouri belle who personally owned a slave. He was tall, slim and handsome while she was (self described) dumpy, plain and had one crossed eye resulting in poor sight. But, love is blind, [...]

    • Kris - My Novelesque Life says:

      3 STARS(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)."The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival imagines the inner life of Julia Grant, beloved as a Civil War general’s wife and the First Lady, yet who grappled with a profound and complex relationship with the slave who was her namesake—until she forged a proud identity of her own.In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four y [...]

    • Carin says:

      I was shocked when I first heard the premise of this story--Mrs. Ulysses Grant owned a slave? And brought her with her to the battfield on the Union side during the Civil War? Huh? I had to read this.Mrs. Grant is Julia, who grew up outside of St. Louis, on a plantation. Missouri, although it did not join the Confederacy, was a slave state (you might remember The Missouri Compromise from American History class.) And her personal slave, Jule, remained her personal slave, even after her marriage, [...]

    • Maureen Timerman says:

      What a predicament being a slave owner and married to Ulysses S Grant, and living through the Civil War. The book starts as Julia is given her slave and friend Julia; she then changes her name to Jule to end the confusion. A contradiction to be sure, and Julia walks a tight rope of explanation, where she tries to justify slavery and her husband’s career. I loved the interaction between Ulys and Julia, right from the start he never say her disabilities, her cross-eyes, and only saw her heart. W [...]

    • Ellen Moore says:

      This was an excellent book! I found it fascinating and especially liked the colorful depiction of General Grant and his wife Julia and their families. It was also interesting to learn about Julia ' s slave girl Jule and her life and ultimate successes after she ran away. I kept hoping that an encounter would occur in their future that would result in forgiveness and reconciliation. I was surprised that Julia spent so much of her time after marriage following her husband wherever he was called to [...]

    • Elaine says:

      I received an advance reading copy of this book through and was eager to read it. It is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be my last. I enjoyed this historical novel set during the Civil War. It is the story of Mrs. Ulysses Grant, her husband's military career before and during the Civil War, his two terms in office as the President, and their life afterwards until his death. The story also included the life of Mrs. Grant's slave, Jule who ran away from her in the middle of t [...]

    • Leah says:

      Despite a few minor issues, I really enjoyed Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. The characterization was great (although Chiaverini seriously went a little heavy on Mrs. Lincoln's mental state) and certain scenes were downright heartbreaking. Fans of both Civil War-era fiction and Historical Fiction in general are sure to be delighted with this one.For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!

    • Vikki says:

      Wow! First, let me say, Jennifer Chiavirini, in one of my all time favorite authors; therefore, I always begin a book of hers with the highest confidence that it will be a good experience. While this novel is classified as fiction, there is a great percentage that is factual. It is history filled! I, not only enjoyed the story, but I learned things about US history that I did not know. Julia Dent was a young girl of privilege. From just a child she had her own slave, who also was named Julia. To [...]

    • Diane Wallace says:

      I enjoyed this book!

    • Kristina says:

      Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini is a novel based on the life of Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant (Julia) and her slave, Jule. The novel starts in 1834 (prologue) and then jumps ahead ten years to the spring of 1844. Julia Dent grew up in Missouri. Her father was a slave owner. When Julia was four years old, she was presented with Julia (they had the same name). Julia was a ginger colored slave. Since they had the same name, Julia changed her maid’s name to Jule. The Dent’s country hom [...]

    • Charlene says:

      Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini Publisher: Dutton for Penguin Group New York New York Date: March 2015pp: 384 price: $31.00 Can $26.95 US Review by Charlene Diane JonesThe book itself and the story contained therein differ. That is to say the title implies the story inside the book will be about the lives of two women, Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. Further the back page states, “New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverine imagines the profound and complex relationship [...]

    • Viviane Crystal says:

      Julia Grant and her slave Jule vowed to let nothing separate them. Both were blinded with their fondness for each other and staunchly declared their parents’ and peers’ warnings to be incorrect. Time, however, changes so many things. Julie falls in love with Ulysses S. Grant and is astonished at his family’s vociferous condemnation of slavery. She naively believes that will change in time. She never examines the condition of slaves, thinking that Julie has a good home, doesn’t work that [...]

    • Nancy says:

      A Tale of Two Civil War LadiesCinnamon and cream describes two young girls, one a slave, the other her mistress. As children they are playmates, but when they grow up, Jule, a slave, realizes that she will never have the same opportunities as her mistress, Julia. Julia Dent is the daughter of a Missouri slave holder. She falls in love with Ulysses S. Grant and vows to follow him so they can always be together. After the Mexican War, Ulysses leaves the military, and they have hard times, but as t [...]

    • Linda says:

      To me one of the signs of good historical fiction is that it makes me want to learn more about the real people and to know the facts. When I finished reading this book, I immediately began online research about the Grants. The title suggests the book is about Grant's wife, but I often felt the main focus was on U.S. Grant himself. The author clearly admired him, and I found I did also. My Great Great Grandfather was a Confederate soldier who faced Grant's army at Vicksburg. Years ago we went on [...]

    • Nicole says:

      I have loved Jennifer Chiaverini as an author for many years. I have read every book in the Elm Creek Quilts series, and loved each one. Of her stand alone historical novels (I believe this is the 3rd), I have loved each one, however, I think this may be my favorite! Growing up in the South, even in present day, we tend to study the Civil War through the eyes of the Confederacy. Through school, it was not unusual to spend extra time on the "heroes" of the south and a little less on the Union. Th [...]

    • Laura says:

      Julia Grant is the southern belled daughter of a Missouri slaveholder. Jule is her slave/personal maid. They have a tenuous friendship but Julia is always the master/owner and Jule is the slave. When Julia marries Ulysses Grant, a opponent of slavery, Jule stays with them even though she longs to be free. Then the Civil War starts and both Julia and Jule need to make choices that will affect their relationship.I started reading this book knowing very little about Julia Grant. I did not even know [...]

    • Linda says:

      I received a copy of this book pre-publication from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.I’ve been a fan of Jennifer Chiaverini, for a while now – I think this is one of her better historical fiction books. In this book, she opens with the relationship of Julia Dent (later to become Mrs. Grant) and her slave, Jule. Here’s the thing – I thought this book was going to be mostly about their relationship together, but it’s not. And at first I was a bit disappointed. Howeve [...]

    • Angela says:

      I'm not sure if the reason I didn't like it is because I expected something else based on the title and synopsis. This is mostly about Mrs. Grant and Mr. Grant than the relationship between master and slave that I was anticipating. Definitely more of an emphasis on the Historical than the Fiction part. Lots of battle info - a map may have been helpful. It was interesting at parts, but the real from the made up was hard to tell so I couldn't even buy into some of the historical parts. I had to fo [...]

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