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In her first novel, Eisdorfer offers as a guide to Victorian England her entertaining and surprising protagonist, Susan Rose. A bawdy young woman who could easily have walked off the pages of The Canterbury Tales, Susan ends up wet-nursing after getting unexpectedly and illicitly pregnant, and her alcoholic and abusive father forces her to leave her child and take up the occupation. Her journey into the intimate lives of England's upper crust proves an illuminating and dangerous one as Susan jumps from family to family—until her father sells her son. As Susan attempts to balance other peoples' babies with her quest to regain her own, she is faced with difficult choices between duty and love, and between her life and her child's. Whether she is carousing in the Jewish quarter or planning how to reclaim her son, Susan navigates the stratified social world with humorous vigor. A promiscuous, randy and hefty lady, Susan's a vibrant character, at once sweet and scheming, and given to such a crass frankness that even readers wary of historicals may want to give this a look. (Aug.)
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An interesting story about a period and profession there is little written about. The main character was intriguing. A good plot too.Published 1 month 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 3 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 6 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 6 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 8 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 13 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 14 months ago by Eileen Masterson
I always wondered how the job of wet nursing was accomplished and had no idea that a woman could end up being forced to wean her own baby from her breast so that she could feed the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by cjhxbuff