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ISBN13: 9780156007474
ISBN10: 0156007479
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Born to rough cloth in working-class London in 1748, Mary Saunders hungers for linen and lace. Her lust for a shiny red ribbon leads her to a life of prostitution at a young age, where she encounters a freedom unknown to virtuous young women. But a dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth and the refuge of the middle-class household of Mrs. Jones, to become the seamstress her mother always expected her to be and to live the ordinary life of an ordinary girl. Although Mary becomes a close confidante of Mrs. Jones, her desire for a better life leads her back to prostitution. She remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets of London: Never give up your liberty; Clothes make the woman; Clothes are the greatest lie ever told. In the end, it is clothes, their splendor and their deception, that lead Mary to disaster.

Emma Donoghue's daring, sensually charged prose casts a new sheen on the squalor and glamour of eighteenth-century England. Accurate, masterfully written, and infused with themes that still bedevil us today, Slammerkin is historical fiction for all readers.

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"This book rocks, from the title on." USA Today

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"This boldly imagined historical fiction...represents a quantum leap forward....Donoghue has triumphantly reimagined the life of a real historical figure of whom nothing is known beyond [a] few facts....Irresistible, and deeply satisfying. Donoghue has surpassed herself." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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"Donoghue shows her mastery of eighteenth-century England and epic storytelling....[A] serious but suspenseful and even entertaining novel....What is most amazing is Donoghue's capacity for tackling weighty issues (prostitution, crime, and slavery) while avoiding didacticism." Booklist

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Inspired by the story of a teenage girl who murdered her mistress in 1763 because she "longed for fine clothes, " "Slammerkin" is the bestselling classic story of a lower-class Roxana, a female Tom Jones.

About the Author

Emma Donoghue was born in Dublin in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. in eight-eenth-century fiction at Cambridge. She is the author of three novels, a book of fairy tales, and several works of literary history. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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bookeagle, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by bookeagle)
A tragic life in eighteenth-century England. Very moving plus the title gave me a new 'Scrabble' word. A girl's quest for a better life that is side-tracked into prostitution. Sad, fascinating and moving.
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plainsimple, November 12, 2007 (view all comments by plainsimple)
A remarkably written tale based on a true story: this novel quickly takes you from an innocent childhood to a very non-innocent new existence in the streets of old London. Only when her life is threatened does she flee London to fall back into innocence as the life of a servant/seamstress. Though not not innocent for long, (you can lead a horse to water...) she hides it for as long as she can.
Wonderfully written. You find yourself in the character's skin and are quickly taken on a whirl-wind life of sex and crime, of riches and desperation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156007474
Author:
Donoghue, Emma
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
London
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Lesbian
Subject:
Women murderers
Subject:
Monmouth
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
150-101-686
Publication Date:
May 1, 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.86 lb

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Product details 408 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156007474 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This book rocks, from the title on."
"Review" by , "This boldly imagined historical fiction...represents a quantum leap forward....Donoghue has triumphantly reimagined the life of a real historical figure of whom nothing is known beyond [a] few facts....Irresistible, and deeply satisfying. Donoghue has surpassed herself."
"Review" by , "Donoghue shows her mastery of eighteenth-century England and epic storytelling....[A] serious but suspenseful and even entertaining novel....What is most amazing is Donoghue's capacity for tackling weighty issues (prostitution, crime, and slavery) while avoiding didacticism."
"Synopsis" by , Inspired by the story of a teenage girl who murdered her mistress in 1763 because she "longed for fine clothes, " "Slammerkin" is the bestselling classic story of a lower-class Roxana, a female Tom Jones.

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