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The Wet Nurse's Tale Paperback – August 3, 2010
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aElizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love"
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She attended public schools in Durham, NC in the sixties. She recalls the smell of curing tobacco at recess. She recalls her parents hosting a "flower power" cocktail party for their friends. She recalls her second grade teacher who, when they were recently united by a social networking site, told her that when she (the teacher) had applied for the job at Hope Valley School, she (the teacher) was asked two questions, to wit: a) are you on a mission? b) are you taking birth control pills?
For the past 25 years or so, Erica Eisdorfer has managed the Bull's Head Bookshop at UNC-Chapel Hill. Luckily for her, the gigantic Davis Library is mere steps from her office. Often, she takes books home for research on wet nursing, eclipses, baseball, women rabbis of the 70's, utopian communities...whatever project she's working on at the moment.
She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina with her husband and two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
Susan, though, steals the show. She is so wonderfully real and easy to identify with. She does not beg for sympathy from anyone, and does not have stupid affectations to get attention. Susan isn't the most fabulous and exciting woman in literature. But she sets her mind on a goal and goes for it, and one can't help admiring a woman for that.
The only quibble I had with this book was its unexpected plunge into a somewhat Gothic storyline. I did not see that coming at all, from the start, and the book was a bit darker than I expected because of it. But the story is compelling and plausible, and Eisdorfer knows her Victorians. I'd highly recommend the book to any fans of historical fiction!
Well, I did just that. And it's so worth it.
I typically read sci-fi, fantasy, historical romance, and animal stories. I own very few general fiction books--those found in the "literature" section at Border's. But The Wet Nurse's Tale caught my interest and never let go.
Despite this being Eisdorfer's debut novel, it's extremely well-written. It flows along and brings you with it, just as easy and entertaining as any long-established author's book. The protagonist, Susan Rose, is very believable. Her voice is realistic, and her views are both enlightening and amusing. The situations and attitudes fit the time period. The between-chapters vinettes are just the right length to give a glimpse of these mothers and their various reasons for giving up nursing. Nothing jars you from the read, nothing about it disturbs your enjoyment of this setting Eisdorfer has created.
I highly recommend this, not only to gen fiction and historical fiction readers, but to anyone who enjoys a well-written, interesting, and entertaining book.
This was a very entertaining and quick read, I got caught up in the story and finished it within the night. In order to be a wet nurse, you must have a child of your own first-- and the story begins here. Eisdorfer jumps through time with her character, beginning at the birth of Susan's first child, then jumping back to her own childhood. She manages this in such a way that you never feel disjointed-- only eager to find out what happens next.
Even though I knew the basic facts about wet nursing, this book was also informative, and I enjoyed learning more about the Victorian child rearing culture. Wet nursing seems so foreign to us now, but it was a mainstream fact of life at one point in time. Interspersed between chapters of Susan's story are short vignettes by mothers (and sometimes fathers) giving their reasons for searching out a wet nurse, and choosing Susan's mother. At first I was confused by the story's interruption, but as the book goes on Eisdorfer does a good job marrying these short chapters into the story as a whole, and they end up adding to the tale.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting story about a period and profession there is little written about. The main character was intriguing. A good plot too.Published 6 months ago by dancer
This book deals with an interesting and important subject, wet nursing, but one that I have heretoforth encountered only in passing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Animal Lover
Interesting. Seemed realistic. Liked the main character. Learned a lot about wet nursing. Reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey PBS series.Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good read for a winter afternoon! The ending was a little disappointing, it seems as if it was left open for a possible second book.Published 11 months ago by moonbeams26
I picked this up at a book sale somewhere and promptly put it on the bottom of the pile to be read and mostly forgotten about. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barbarino
This supposedly delightful narrator annoyed me no end with her ridiculous decisions, especially those that kept putting her babies in harm's way!Published 18 months ago by Karol Andersson
An easy read about a wet nurse and also why certain women are in need of their services. Our Reader's Club selection which we all enjoyed.Published 19 months ago by Eileen Masterson