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Trades of the Flesh
by Faye L. Booth
Forge, $14.95, 304 pp
Release Date: March 1, 2011

This is written by the author of Covering the Mirrors.

Set in Preston , England in the 1880’s, it gives a frightening picture of the life of a prostitute and the life of the poor.

Lydia Ketch escaped the workhouse with her mother and sister. When her mother died, she had to become a prostitute in order to feed and educate her sister. Lydia makes sure that she protects her sister and teaches herself from her sisters books. The sister becomes a governess and severs all contact with Lydia and then is raped and given an STD by her employer. She suicides.

But the sister is not the story.   Lydia endures, learns and becomes a writer - on her own.

This is a snapshot of 1880’s England and survival. Well-written (it held my interest to the last page)  if you are interested in the past and will jump genres. This is recommended. ~~Pam Allan

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