The Undertaker's Assistant

The Undertaker's Assistant

Set during Reconstruction-era New Orleans, and with an extraordinary and unforgettable heroine at its heart, The Undertaker's Assistant is a powerful story of human resilience--and of the unlikely bonds that hold fast even in our darkest moments. "The dead can't hurt you. Only the living can." Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child, knows the t Set during Reconstruction-era New Orleans, and with an extraordinary and unforgettable heroine at its heart, The Unde...

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Title:The Undertaker's Assistant
Author:Amanda Skenandore
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1496713680
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Undertaker's Assistant Reviews

  • Michele
    Jul 31, 2019
    The Undertaker?s Assistant by Amanda Skenandore takes place in New Orleans during the Reconstruction after the Civil War. The story follows Effie Jones, who as a young girl escapes to the North and is brought up by an embalmer and his wife. The story begins as Effie returns to New Or...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Aug 05, 2019
    "The Undertaker's Assistant" is a fantastic historical fiction set just after the Civil War. Our main character is tough-as-nails Effie, a freedwoman, who was the assistant to a surgeon during the Civil War - almost unheard of for a woman and particularly unheard of for a black woman. ...
  • Amy Bruno
    Aug 15, 2019
    Set in post Civil War New Orleans, The Undertaker's Assistant is a riveting historical that captivated me from the start. New Orleans is trying to bounce back after the war and recession when Effie arrives looking for work. Her skill and talent for embalming quickly lands her a job...
  • Kathleen Kelly
    Jul 29, 2019
    Effie Jones is a young black freedwoman whose primary goal is to find her family and the past she has forgotten, and survive in a time of turmoil. Her memories before her rescue by an Army surgeon and his wife are pretty scarce. She takes the place of their daughter who died and the su...
  • Teresa Drelick
    Jun 22, 2019
    This is a heavy read. It starts slow and the characters seem not to have depth but as you read it becomes clear that is only because they do not have the knowledge of themselves to give that depth. Gradually you learn about many people, you learn about levels of society and how each pe...
  • Patty
    Jul 24, 2019
    Effie is a young woman who, thanks to having escaped slavery during the Civil War is now trained as an undertaker?s assistant. She was found by a Union officer who took her in and encouraged her intelligence. He taught her what she knows but even though he took her in, she would neve...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Jul 28, 2019
    The setting of this book instantly caught my eye and made me want to read it. It is set in Reconstruction Era Louisiana and features an undertakers assistant as the heroine. As many of you know, my Masters thesis was on women in Civil War nursing specifically Southern nurses through th...
  • Mercedes Rochelle
    Jul 12, 2019
    This is an interesting post-civil war novel about an escaped slave who is defined by her accidental profession. She is intelligent, well read, and articulate but has not learned how to interact socially, and can?t seem to dissimulate when the subject of embalming rears its ugly head....
  • ☕️Kimberly
    Jun 13, 2019
    Effie a former slave escaped the south during the war and, raised as a ward by a couple in the north. At, the tender age of seven she began learning the skills of an embalmer. Now as a young free woman, she has returned to New Orleans, near the place they found her. She finds work as a...
  • Patty Nobles
    Jun 16, 2019
    In her latest novel, The Undertakers Assistant, Amanda Skenadore tells a story about life?s journey and about courage and perseverance. Effie Jones was born into slavery and at an early age she ran to what she thought was freedom. Effie was taken in by a Union captain and taken north...
  • Heather
    Jul 26, 2019
    The Reconstruction period after the Civil War was a time when the hopes of the newly freed African-Americans were built up and then dashed by the resurgence of white supremacy. This book looks the life of a black woman during that period. Effie is a fish out of water. She escape...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 02, 2019
    4.5 Stars! I was so pleased to receive this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was even happier when I started the book and found myself engrossed in a beautiful but eye opening tale set in my favorite place - New Orleans. The author did a fant...
  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Aug 01, 2019
    Effie Jones was an escaped slave raised by an army surgeon and his wife. During her time in Indiana, she learned to read and write while gaining life skills living with a doctor. She eventually returns to her native New Orleans during the reconstruction era seeking work as an embalmer....
  • Gaele
    Aug 05, 2019
    Effie Jones was found ?somewhere new New Orleans? when she was ?about 7 or 8? by a Union surgeon. Brought up north and made a ward of the couple, she was educated and brought into the new undertaking as an assistant. Now, she?s headed back to New Orleans and is working for an...
  • LadyJBookishNook
    Jul 20, 2019
    Review coming Aug 6 on my stop of blog tour ...
  • Maranda
    Jun 09, 2019
    This is a story set in New Orleans after the Civil War. Effie Jones was a slave who escaped and lived a big part of her life in Indiana learning anatomy and the art of embalming. Looking for her roots she returns to New Orleans and experiences life on her own. Lots of action to experie...
  • Eileen O'Finlan
    Aug 22, 2019
    There are many great novels set during the Civil War, but far fewer, at least that I know of, set just afterwards during Reconstruction. Yet, this too, was a pivotal time in U.S. history. The Undertaker's Assistant brings the reader into the world of the Reconstruction era south, New O...
  • Cathy Geha
    Jul 27, 2019
    The Undertaker?s Assistant by Amanda Skenandore Well written, plotted and researched this was a story I put down last night thinking I would not finish it, though I had enjoyed it immensely in the beginning. I think that it became a bit dark and made me feel unsettled. When I pick...
  • Stephanie
    Aug 05, 2019
    Effie Jones was born a slave before she escaped to Union lines where she was taken in by an army surgeon and taught the trade of embalming as the ward of the surgeon and his wife. Now, ten years after the war Effie is compelled to leave the only home she remembers and travels to New Or...
  • Lee Husemann
    Jul 23, 2019
    Euphemia "Effie" Jones was 7 years old and was a slave. She and another slave, Jonsey ran away and she was rescued by Captain John Kinyon of the Union Army. He took her home to Indiana where she was raised and educated by Captain Kinyon and his wife. She worked alongside the Captain le...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jul 25, 2019
    I enjoyed Amanda Skendandore?s debut, Between Earth and Sky. She writes beautiful, sweeping historical fiction, and her latest, The Undertaker?s Assistant, also has a mystery plotline to it. Effie Jones is an escaped slave who made it safely to the Union as a child. She was ado...
  • Karen Kay
    Jul 01, 2019
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review. Set 11 yrs after the Civil War. Effie Jones, a former slave who escaped to the Union side as a child. She has returned south to New Orleans and earns her living as an embalmer, her steady hand and skillful incisions compensating for ...
  • Gail O'Connor
    Jun 10, 2019
    The novel began so interesting regarding the story line but it became too wooden for me Had to put it down ...
  • Virginia
    Aug 22, 2019
    It was a great read. It might make a good movie. ...
  • Chris
    Aug 29, 2019
    Location: New Orleans Time: the post Civil war Our heroine: Effie Jones, a young woman, a former slave with quite a history. She is now what is referred to in the book as a ?freed woman.? As a young girl in Indiana, Effie escaped to the Union side and was taken in by a surgeo...
  • David Fitz-Gerald
    Aug 09, 2019
    The author has ingeniously imagined, richly portrayed, and brought to life a fantastic protagonist. I admit I wasn?t drawn to the idea of taking a journey with an undertaker?s assistant, however the striking cover drew me in. The expert writing kept me riveted, wishing I had the t...
  • Morgan
    Aug 19, 2019
    Having lived up North for most of her adult life Effie, newly arrived in New Orleans where she is originally from, gets herself hired by the local undertaker. Very shortly thereafter she comes upon a political meeting in the street and falls in love with the speaker. This discombobul...
  • Kymm
    Aug 15, 2019
    I received this as an ARC from the publisher a few months ago and was happy to read it. I enjoyed the story about Effie a former slave who escaped to the North as a child, then returned to New Orleans as an adult to work as an undertaker's assistant. It's there that she experiences the...
  • Bojoura
    Aug 16, 2019
    What a great read! This is the story of Effie Jones, a former slave and freedwoman. She becomes an undertakers assistent in New Orleans shortly after the civil war, she falls in love with a black leader en become friends with a creole fortune teller. A very good story of survival and...
  • Paige
    Jul 03, 2019
    The beginning of the story is slow to start, and required many recesses on my part in order to proceed. It was difficult to tell where the direction of the story was going at first. It seemed like one activity jumped to something unrelated. But then around 40% of the novel it picked up...