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Harcourt, 2000 - Fiction - 408 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
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I was very upset at the ending. - Goodreads
An excellent writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Therese - Goodreads

Oh god Emma Donoghue, you've written so much and I've read so little of it. I first became interested in you with "The Woman Who Gave Birth to Rabbits" because I thought I hated short stories and you ... Read full review

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The ending was too drawn out in my opinion but otherwise pretty good. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. in eight-eenth-century fiction at Cambridge. She is the author of three novels, a book of fairy tales, and several works of literary history. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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