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The Exiles
The Exiles
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Seduced by her employer’s son, Evangeline, a naïve young governess in early nineteenth-century London, is discharged when her pregnancy is discovered and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison. After months in the fetid, overcrowded jail, she learns she is sentenced to “the land beyond the seas,” Van Diemen’s Land, a p...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780062356345
ISBN-10: 0062356348
Publication Date: 9/15/2020
Pages: 371
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 42
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I was captivated by this beautifully detailed story of young British women caught between circumstances and poverty, convicted of crimes and shipped to Australia to serve out their time. Heartbreaking and compelling, this story tells of the difficult sea journey with terrible living conditions. Once arrived in Australia, the convicts fulfill their sentences through daily work. Depending on the severity of the crime, they are assigned to laundry duty, to pick apart rope or work as a maid in someone's home. The girls learn to help each other to survive the penal system and find new inner strengths that they didn't know they had. Inspiring and touching. Really loved this book.


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