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The Wet Nurse's Tale (2009)

by Erica Eisdorfer(Favorite Author)
3.73 of 5 Votes: 4
0399155767 (ISBN13: 9780399155765)
Putnam Adult
review 1: Susan Rose does bad things for good reasons. Isn't that how we all like our heroines? She follows in her mother's footsteps as a wet nurse and her adventures ensue. The story is told as if Susan is confiding in a friend, as she addresses you as "Dear Reader" throughout. The humor she imbues into sometimes horrifying situations balances the narrative. Her unabashed talk of her work as a wet nurse is entertaining and makes one think about how society has turned from those who breast feed and at times treat those that do like pariahs. The narratives of those that send their babies out to nurse with Susan's mother are interspersed between chapters and gives a fuller picture as to why women and families chose to use a wet nurse. The reasons are at times vain and/or heartbreakin... moreg in nature.
review 2: If you like historical fiction, I would recommend this book. Set in Victorian London in the late 19th century, the story of a wet nurse, Susan Rose, who gets caught up in a family scandal. This is a quick read I couldn't put down to find out the ending. This was a recommendation from a bookclub friend. It's not a new novel, I believe it was published in 2009. I picked it up at the public library no problem. less
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I have only read a short way so far but right now I am enjoying it.
A wonderful, funny romp of a book
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