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"Filled with true historical details about life inside a work house for wayward girls in the 1910s, The Girls with No Names is a beautifully written, haunting novel. Burdick gorgeously portrays womanhood and coming-of-age set against the backdrop of the real House of Mercy, but above all, she weaves a stunning story of sisters, friendship, secrets, and ultimately survival. I fell in love with the courageous Effie and Mabel and will not soon forget their stories." – Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time
“Burdick’s carefully researched narrative shines a light on the untold stories of countless real women, and fans of Joanna Goodman’s The Home for Unwanted Girls will be consumed by the fast-paced plot and well-characterized, sympathetic girls at the novel’s heart.” – Booklist
“The lives of women in early-20th-century New York spring to life through Burdick's deft sketching… As for the House of Mercy itself, Burdick shrewdly lets it loom in the background for a bit before pulling it to the foreground, like an urban legend suddenly brought to life. A spellbinding thriller for fans of Gilded Age fiction.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Burdick will break hearts with this exquisitely wrought, meticulously researched historical reflection on an American version of the infamous Magdalene laundries of Ireland… The narrative combines lush prose with a quick and riveting plot. Readers will be intensely moved by this historical.” – Publishers Weekly
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About the Author
- Publication Date : January 7, 2020
- File Size : 751 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Print Length : 318 pages
- ASIN : B07M8ND6YP
- Publisher : Park Row; Original Edition (January 7, 2020)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #435 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This story could have happened in medieval times.
This is an amazing story of resilience and courage in the face of poverty, illness and neglect.
The story is told from three important points of view: Effie (a sick teen with a grave heart condition, practically incurable at the turn of the century), Jeanne (her mother and a neglected wife) and Mable (a teen from a poor family who moves with her mother to the big city).
The story goes on to show us how one misstep, if you are a poor person or a woman (or both) can land you in the worst kind of nightmarish place- The house of Mercy, where mercy would be the last thing shown to you...
This book flows very quickly, and gives a complete and accurate view of New York City society in the 1910s, especially what was it for women back then.
This great work of historical fiction concerning incarceration of women is highly recommended.
If you like this book, I'd like to recommend two other amazing books I've read recently:
1. What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman.
2. The Ballroom by Anna Hope.
One of the solutions back then was to transfer the unruly daughter to the House of Mercy. The women who ran the home believed the girls could repent of their foolish behavior. What if her father perpetrates the sin instead? How is a girl like Luella expected to look the other way when her father's indiscretion is so visible to her?
The Girls with No Names revolves around the viewpoints of Effie, her mother, and a young girl named Mabel. Effie meets Mabel at the House of Mercy. The two girls come from entirely different backgrounds, but circumstances bring them together in a desperate attempt to regain the lives they left behind. It is a story of dedication, compassion, and unbreakable bonds between sisters of the heart.
Growing up with a heart problem, I immediately became immersed in Effie's circumstances. I could see myself in her actions and decisions at every turn of the story. Your heart will bleed for young Effie as they force her to work in the infamous laundry at House of Mercy. The staff intended the punishments to break the healthiest of young women.
Effie is sure her father banished Luella to the House of Mercy. She manages to find a way to get herself admitted. Little did she know that the freedom and magic at the Romanian encampment near their home enticed Luella to escape into a different kind of lifestyle.
Once inside the House of Mercy, escape is virtually impossible, and the attempt may get Effie killed.
I loved the story because of the nearly impossible odds Effie managed to beat every step of her life's journey.
Thank you to the author for bringing this story to us.
Top reviews from other countries
The first one opened in Kentucky in 1843 and by the end of the century 24 more followed. They claimed to help destitute women while in actuality they imprisoned women and children of all ages. These socially accepted establishments imprisoned, abused and enslaved women and children, while the church made millions from their laundry services and lace making.
The story is about the enduring friendship between 2 very different young girls. and the horrors that many young girls and women experienced in these establishments. This story will stick with you for a very long time. An absolutely excellent read.