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  • 0 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 4 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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22 current holds with 4 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library BUR (Text) 33500013197769 New Checked out 02/28/2020
Bagley Public Library BUR (Text) 33500013197777 New Checked out 03/12/2020
Detroit Lakes Public Library BUR (Text) 33500013184973 New Checked out 02/28/2020
Twin Valley LINK Site BUR (Text) 33500013184981 New Checked out 03/12/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780778309994
  • ISBN: 0778309991
  • ISBN: 9780778308737
  • ISBN: 0778308731
  • Physical Description: 325 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
After her father commits her older sister to a New York "House of Mercy," Effie Tilden hatches a plan to free her, but soon finds that privilege and wealth are no protection.
In New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. When the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the "House of Mercy." Effie gets herself committed to save her sister, but when Effie’s own escape seems impossible she must rely on an enigmatic girl named Mable to survive. -- adapted from jacket
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Burdick's sophomore effort (after Girl in the Afternoon, 2016) is inspired by the infamous Magdalene laundries, institutions that effectively functioned as prisons for women accused of moral failings, whose labor was used to enrich the Catholic Church. In 1910s New York, wealthy Effie is convinced that her parents have committed her headstrong elder sister Luella to the House of Mercy, advertised as a home for wayward girls, and conspires to get herself committed too, realizing too late that her assumption about Luella's whereabouts was incorrect, and she now has no way to escape to her worried family. At the House of Mercy, Effie's fate becomes intertwined with that of Mable, a girl of vastly different origins than Effie who finds herself imprisoned—and determined to escape. Told by three alternating narrators, 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 (2018) will be consumed by the fast-paced plot and well-characterized, sympathetic girls at the novel's heart. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Sisters > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Female friendship > Fiction.
Women > Institutional care > Fiction.
False imprisonment > Women > Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) > History > 20th century > Fiction.
FICTION > Historical > General.
FICTION > Family Life > Siblings.
FICTION > Coming of Age.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Bildungsromans.

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