Dusty Book: Slammerkin

slammerkinEmma Donoghue’s latest, Frog Music, received a starred review in Booklist.  And 2010’s Room was a blockbuster.  Don’t forget to steer patrons to her 2001 gutsy historical, Slammerkin.  It’s the story of a young English girl in the 1760s who falls into a life of prostitution and lies–which reminded me quite a bit of Moll Flanders.  Based on a true crime, this book is very engrossing and entertaining.  Although different in time period and scope, this would be a great readalike for Michael Faber’s Crimson Petal and the White (set in Victorian times and more of an epic saga, but shares similar themes).

 

 

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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