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Author: Emma Donoghue
Donoghue takes scraps of the intriguing true story of Mary Saunders, a servant girl who murdered her mistress in 1763, and fashions from them an intelligent and mesmerizing historical novel. Born to a mother who sews for pennies and a father who died in jail, 14-year-old Mary's hardened existence in London brings to mind the lives of Dickens's c...  more
ISBN-13: 9780965019743
ISBN-10: 0965019748
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 336
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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I decided to order this book because of the top reviews it received - "a romp", "a swoon of a novel" - and discovered that to me it is neither of those. It is instead an extremely well written but depressing and somewhat horrifying history of the short life of a young woman in 18th century England. I love historical novels and this is a good one, and I'm sure quite factual, but the details of the daily life of the young teen thrown out by her parents to live on her own are sordid. I finished reading it, but I can't say I really enjoyed it.