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“Rich with historical detail and evocative prose, The Third Daughter by Talia Carner fictionalizes the shocking true history of young Jewish girls who were trafficked into prostitution in Buenos Aires. I was blown away by this impeccably researched and beautifully written novel. An unforgettable story of strength and survival.” -- Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of In Another Time
“Inspired by [Carner’s] passion for justice for women worldwide…Recommended for its complex characters and a story based on a little-known part of history.” -- Library Journal
"Complex....A valuable contribution to our understanding of a difficult era." -- Hadassah Magazine
About the Author
Talia Carner is the former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine and a lecturer at international women's economic forums. This is her fifth novel.
- Publisher : HarperLuxe; Large type / Large print edition (September 3, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062944703
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062944702
- Item Weight : 1.12 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.02 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #641,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batya, the third daughter in a family of Jews forced out of their home in one of Russia’s endless pogroms, is married off to an apparently wealthy and kind American businessman. Unfortunately, his “America” is Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Batya is forced into a life as a prostitute. Many young, innocent European girls fleeing hard times found themselves suffering Batya’s plight in lawless Argentina of the early 1900’s.
Carner’s well researched and well written book follows Batya as she is betrayed and then sold into a form of slavery. Carner tells the stories and lives of Batya and the other residents of the brothel with great feeling, empathy and realism.
When Batya is offered the possibility of helping to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice, it is at great personal peril.
Carner tells the tale of a little know part of Jewish and Argentine history. Her research is impeccable and her storytelling is impactful. This will be a good book for groups to discuss.
5 of 5 stars
This incredible book explores very disturbing events in European and South American history that occurred approx. between 1870-1940.
In this interval of time (esp. during1880-1905) , many Pogroms happened in Eastern Europe.
Many families were murdered, the survivors forced brutally from their homes with nothing except a few meager possessions (as happened to Batia, the main character). This forced migration separated families and threw many people off course, esp. the younger generation.
Some sought to profit from this dire situation. Pimps (from the Zwi Migdal organization) based in South America went to Eastern Europe in search of young girls for their Bordellos. Some girls as young as 12 were lured by false offers of marriage or respectable form of employment in order to escape their miserable situation at home and bring much needed income to their bereaved families.
Upon arrival, these women were brutally forced into prostitution (which was perfectly legal in Argentina) and were registered as possessions of the Bordello owners. These women had no way of return to their families (as they were considered sullied), and had no protection from the Police (as the whole Police was on Zwi Migdals payroll). These women were the modern White Slaves...
This story is beautifully told and gives a much - needed information about a forgotten episode (though it's anyone's guess how did we managed to neglect the subject). It is recommended to historical fiction lovers and reads like an edge - of - your -seat thriller. I couldn't stop reading and was engrossed in this from beginning to the very end...
The heroine in the novel survived by planning to rescue her family and bring them to a better life. I gave this book 5 stars because this author was extremely skilled in making the heroine come alive, sharing thoughts and feelings that were believable.
The one criticism I have is with the title. It does not do justice to this very special book.