Slammerkin (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 1, 2002 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Born to rough cloth in working-class London in 1748, Mary Saunders hungers for linen and lace. Her lust for a shiny red ribbon leads her to a life of prostitution at a young age, where she encounters a freedom unknown to virtuous young women. But a dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth and the refuge of the middle-class household of Mrs. Jones, to become the seamstress her mother always expected her to be and to live the ordinary life of an ordinary girl. Although Mary becomes a close confidante of Mrs. Jones, her desire for a better life leads her back to prostitution. She remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets of London: Never give up your liberty; Clothes make the woman; Clothes are the greatest lie ever told. In the end, it is clothes, their splendor and their deception, that lead Mary to disaster.
Emma Donoghue's daring, sensually charged prose casts a new sheen on the squalor and glamour of eighteenth-century England. Accurate, masterfully written, and infused with themes that still bedevil us today, Slammerkin is historical fiction for all readers.
  

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Great book, very well researched. - Goodreads
Engaging story although difficult to read at times - Goodreads
Very well written, quite a page turner. - Goodreads
I was very upset at the ending. - Goodreads
An excellent writer. - Goodreads
There's a danger in writing a book with an end in mind. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Lorna - Goodreads

Reminiscent for me of Sarah Waters's novels. This novel is bawdy and entertaining from start to finish, though the ending is bleak and the fate of the protagonist left me feeling unsatisfied. Although ... Read full review

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User Review  - Molly Zeigler - Goodreads

enjoyed. well-written. bawdy, sad, sartorial tale. Read full review

Contents

Reading Group Guide
387
Life Mask
391
Back Cover
415
Spine
416
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Born in Ireland, Emma Donoghue spent many years in England and now lives in Canada. She is the author of Slammerkin as well as two other novels, a collection of short stories, and a collection of fairy tales. Her novels have been translated into eight languages.

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