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Library Journal Best Historical Fiction 2017“A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history—a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies.”—Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and SweetPhiladelphia, 1883. Twenty-three-year-old Lilli de Jong is pregnant and alone—abandoned by her lover and banished from her Quaker home. She gives birth at a charity for wronged women, planning to give up the baby. But the power of their bond sets her on a completely unexpected path. Unwed mothers in 1883 face staggering prejudice, yet Lilli refuses to give up her baby girl. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep the two of them alive. Lilli confides this story to her diary as it unfolds, taking readers from a charity for unwed mothers to a wealthy family’s home and onto the streets of a burgeoning American city. Her story offers a rare and harrowing view into a time when a mother’s milk is crucial for infant survival. Written with startling intimacy and compassion, this accomplished novel is both a rich historical depiction and a testament to the saving force of a woman’s love.
Number of Pages: 335
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Janet Benton
Street Date: July 10, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-8951
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RoRo — 4 months ago
This is a breathtaking novel that really got under my skin. Beautifully written, Benton evokes the experience of new motherhood: the radical shift in identity, the sudden responsibility, and the intense love. As a new mom, I could totally relate! I also loved the historical setting. The book is also...see moreof the reviewer's review