Lilli De Jong

Lilli De Jong

Large Print - 2017
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A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep herself and her baby alive.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781432839819
1432839810
Branch Call Number: LT FICTION BENTO...J
Characteristics: 563 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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Eil_1
Sep 10, 2017

A fictional story based on the actual living conditions that befell any unmarried pregnant woman and afterwards the terrible risks involved if she dared to keep her baby. It is a compelling book that should evoke empathy for those women (not men!) who 'sinned'.

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abcDena
Jun 18, 2017

Oh, so many comments. Not a perfect book, but a great one. Misery, marginalization, religion, squalor, and lowly women and saviours! It is lushly written, even if the characters and plot are unoriginal. Something about it reminds me of Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, a book I've always regretted reading because it means I can't read it for the first time again ever again. Gorgeous book. I requested Lilli De Jong based on the cover art, a young mother and her infant emerging from the dark, and for the plot which included Quakers, a sect I've always been really interested in. And it's been a while since I've read a historical! This is a downhill slide of a read because it's a book where things are happening. The characters? None will surprise you. You won't fall off the edge of your seat, because if you've read one historical about the female underdog, especially one struggling through the unforgiving 1800s, you've read them all. One tale of abject poverty and whoredom that I loved was Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue and, of course, the original tale of being a poor whore --- Moll Flanders. So, on some level, I'm lumping Benton's novel with many great historical fiction novels (or novels throughout history that are great). Great read.
I read it during a sad, stressful weekend and it helped take my mind off what was going on a few chapters at a time. Thanks, Janet Benton. I look forward to so much more from you.

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Sep 10, 2017

Eil_1 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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