Folly

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Tundra Books, 2010 - Foundlings - 256 pages
30 Reviews
A love story, a social history, and an act that echoes through generations.

Set in the late 1800's, Marthe Jocelyn's stunning new novel is told in the voices of four people whose lives and destinies intertwine. There's Mary, who begins "exceeding ignorant" (apart from what a girl can learn from family mayhem, a dead mother, and a grim stepmother) and winds up encountering lust and betrayal when she becomes a servant in a fine house in London. Mary's nemesis is another maid in the household, Eliza. Eliza also knows lust and betrayal, but she doesn't know who is betraying who.

Mary's and Eliza's actions will intersect with a foundling home in London, where Oliver is a teacher who tries to avoid feeling anything that will perhaps make him live a real life. And then there's the foundling boy, James. Who will he grow up to be if he doesn't know where he comes from?

In the chaotic way of every life, where the past, present, and future collide, Marthe Jocelyn has traced a story that is heartbreaking and unforgettable.

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I loved the plot set up of the story. - Goodreads
I am in awe of Jocelyn's writing ability. - Goodreads
... marthe Jocelyn did a great job with the writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - wiremonkey - LibraryThing

Ahhh, here's a book set in the 19th century. No Jack the Ripper wannabe ghosts in this here book. When Mary's mother dies, Mary assumes all the responsibilities of keeping their poor, rural household ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lina - Goodreads

Ahhh, here's a book set in the 19th century. No Jack the Ripper wannabe ghosts in this here book. When Mary's mother dies, Mary assumes all the responsibilities of keeping their poor, rural household ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Toronto-born MARTHE JOCELYN is an award-winning author and illustrator. Her picture bookHannah's Collectionswas short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration. Her novelMable Rileywon the inaugural TD Canadian Children's Literature Award.

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