Slammerkin

Slammerkin

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"Slammerkin" A loose gown; a loose woman.
Born to rough cloth in Hogarth's London, but longing for silk, Mary Saunders's eye for a shiny red ribbon leads her to prostitution at a young age. A dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth, and the position of household seamstress, the ordinary life of an ordinary girl with no expectations. But Mary has known freedom, and having never known love, it is freedom that motivates her. Mary asks herself if the prostitute who hires out her body is more or less free than the "honest woman" locked into marriage, or the servant who runs a household not her own? And is either as free as a man? Ultimately, Mary remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets: Never give up your liberty. Clothes make the woman. Clothes are the greatest lie ever told.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • United States
  • English
  • 0151006725
  • 9780151006724

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"Finding a language that inhabits but is in no way weighted down by its time, Donoghue has made of an 'obscure and brutal story' a compelling novel . . . and a brilliant historical variant on the 'girl about town.' "--THE FINANCIAL TIMES (London)
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12,589 ratings
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3 28% (3,517)
2 8% (1,065)
1 3% (330)
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