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The Gilded Years - A Novel

Karin Tanabe

Passing meets The House of Mirth in this "utterly captivating" (Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House) historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white-until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person. Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that should have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, the 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 York's most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie's sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman-the person everyone believes her to be-and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It's only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita's brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister's, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita's 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 betrayal-and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.

Passing meets The House of Mirth in this "utterly captivating" (Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House) historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white-until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person. Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that should have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, the 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 York's most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie's sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman-the person everyone believes her to be-and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It's only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita's brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister's, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita's 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 betrayal-and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.
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Passing meets The House of Mirth in this "utterly captivating" (Kathleen Grissom, New York Times bestselling author of The Kitchen House) historical novel based on the true story of Anita Hemmings, the first black student to attend Vassar, who successfully passed as white-until she let herself grow too attached to the wrong person. Since childhood, Anita Hemmings has longed to attend the country's most exclusive school for women, Vassar College. Now, a bright, beautiful senior in the class of 1897, she is hiding a secret that should have banned her from admission: Anita is the only African-American student ever to attend Vassar. With her olive complexion and dark hair, the 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 York's most prominent families. Though Anita has kept herself at a distance from her classmates, Lottie's sphere of influence is inescapable, her energy irresistible, and the two become fast friends. Pulled into her elite world, Anita learns what it's like to be treated as a wealthy, educated white woman-the person everyone believes her to be-and even finds herself in a heady romance with a moneyed Harvard student. It's only when Lottie becomes infatuated with Anita's brother, Frederick, whose skin is almost as light as his sister's, that the situation becomes particularly perilous. And as Anita's 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 betrayal-and a gripping account of how one woman dared to risk everything for the chance at a better life.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Janina Edwards

Length:

11h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

36:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

28:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

47:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

20:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:22


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

15:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

48:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

26:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

25:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:22


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

23:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

18:20


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

33:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:01