Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini


6 Critic Reviews

...a welcome historical.
-Publishers Weekly


New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini’s compelling historical novel unveils the private lives of Abraham and Mary Lincoln through the perspective of the First Lady’s most trusted confidante and friend, her dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckley.
In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. A gifted seamstress, she earned her freedom by the skill of her needle, and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln by her devotion. A sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln’s days.

About Jennifer Chiaverini

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Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the six volumes in the Elm Creek Quilts series and two books of quilt patterns inspired by the novels, she designs the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics.
Published January 15, 2013 by Dutton. 381 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
Peak Rank on Feb 03 2013
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Below average
on Oct 30 2012

While the backdrop is strikingly vivid, Chiaverini’s domestic tale dawdles too often in the details of dress fittings and quilt piecings, leaving Elizabeth’s emotional terrain glimpsed but not traveled.

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Publishers Weekly

on Nov 26 2012

...a welcome historical.

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Above average
Reviewed by Kayla Posney on Feb 08 2013

"Mrs Lincoln's Dollmaker" is a strong and well-written novel. It will move readers to see such a powerful and moving female friendship portrayed.

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Reviewed by Melanie Smith on Jan 24 2013

MRS. LINCOLN’S DRESSMAKER is a wonderful novel...

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Reviewed by Patsy Glans on Feb 19 2013

All the characters are brilliantly written, and readers will enjoy getting to know each and every one of them.

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Reviewed by John Wilwol on Jan 28 2013

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker vividly imagines how the Civil War touched daily life in Washington.

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