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Charity Girl - Michael Lowenthal
Charity Girl
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During World War I, seventeen-year-old Frieda Mintz secures a job at a Boston department store and strikes out on her own, escaping her repressive Jewish mother and marriage to a wealthy widower twice her age. Determined to find love on her own terms, she is intoxicated by her newfound freedom... show more
During World War I, seventeen-year-old Frieda Mintz secures a job at a Boston department store and strikes out on her own, escaping her repressive Jewish mother and marriage to a wealthy widower twice her age. Determined to find love on her own terms, she is intoxicated by her newfound freedom and the patriotic fervor of the day. That is, until a soldier reports her as his last sexual contact, sweeping her up in the government’s wartime crusade against venereal disease. Quarantined in a detention center, Frieda finds in the Home’s confines a group of brash, unforgettable women who help her see the way to a new kind of independence.Charity Girl is based on a little-known chapter in American history that saw fifteen thousand women across the nation incarcerated. Like When the Emperor Was Divine, Lowenthal’s poignant, provocative novel will leave readers moved - and astonished by the shameful facts that inspired it.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618919789 (0618919783)
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
The subject matter (women interned during WWI for STDs) should fascinate me, but this was pretty slow going. Lowenthal tried too hard to make Frieda an exemplary heroine to modern readers, rather than just presenting her as a victim of her times and circumstances. And Jo, poor Jo (what female read...
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