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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - greeniezona - LibraryThing
I spied this paperback in the for sale section at the Mecosta Library, and immediately claimed it for my own. I had fallen in love with Donaghue's short story collection The Woman Who Gave Birth to ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - yvonne.sevignykaiser - LibraryThing
This one was a little slow to get into, it took me nearly 100 pages. Some of the scenes were a bit more graphic than I needed which helped to skim through another 100 pages. I picked this book up after reading Room, which I found very well written. Read full review
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