Becoming Josephine

Becoming Josephine

A Novel

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Penguin Putnam
A sweeping historical debut about the Creole socialite who transformed herself into an empress

Readers are fascinated with the wives of famous men. In Becoming Josephine, debut novelist Heather Webb follows Rose Tascher as she sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris, eager to enjoy an elegant life at the royal court. Once there, however, Rose’s aristocratic soldier-husband dashes her dreams by abandoning her amid the tumult of the French Revolution. After narrowly escaping death, Rose reinvents herself as Josephine, a beautiful socialite wooed by an awkward suitor?Napoleon Bonaparte.

?A debut as bewitching as its protagonist.” ?Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda

?Vivid and passionate.” ?Susan Spann, author of The Shinobi Mysteries


Random House, Inc.
A sweeping historical debut about the Creole socialite who transformed herself into an empress

Readers are fascinated with the wives of famous men. In Becoming Josephine, debut novelist Heather Webb follows Rose Tascher as she sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris, eager to enjoy an elegant life at the royal court. Once there, however, Rose’s aristocratic soldier-husband dashes her dreams by abandoning her amid the tumult of the French Revolution. After narrowly escaping death, Rose reinvents herself as Josephine, a beautiful socialite wooed by an awkward suitor—Napoleon Bonaparte.

“A debut as bewitching as its protagonist.” —Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girland Call Me Zelda

“Vivid and passionate.” —Susan Spann, author of The Shinobi Mysteries

Baker & Taylor
Abandoned in Paris during the French Revolution, Rose Tascher reinvents herself after surviving the cells of Les Carmes prison as socialite Josephine, and quickly acquires a suitor, Napolâeon Bonaparte.

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Describes how Rose Tascher, enjoying the royal Parisienne court after leaving her Martinique plantation with her soldier husband, loses her spouse to the French Revolution and reinvents herself as Josephine, the beautiful socialite who won the heart of Napoleon Bonaparte. Original.

Publisher: New York : Plume Book, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780142180655
Branch Call Number: FIC Webb
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm

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samdog123 Feb 24, 2014

An excellent up close and personal look at an extraordinary woman's life. Rose, who will later be known as Josephine, is a woman of her times. She soon learns how to survive and support her children and becomes known for her charm and generousity. A tempestuous look at the relationship between Josephine and Napoleon, both of whom are so representative of this time in history among the politically powerful.

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