The Girls With No Names

The Girls With No Names

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Baker & Taylor
In 1910s New York City, a girl goes missing and her younger sister hatches an audacious plan to be admitted to the House of Mercy, a home for wayward girls, risking everything to bring her older sister home. Hardcover Library Edition. 10,000 first printing.


A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood&;inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules.

Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone.

Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie&;s own escape seems impossible&;unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on their tenuous friendship to survive.

Home for Unwanted Girls meets The Dollhouse in this atmospheric, heartwarming story that explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives&;and secrets&;of the girls who stayed there.

&;Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family &; and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken.&; &; New York Times Book Review

&;Burdick reveals the perils of being a woman in 1913 and exposes the truths of their varying social circles.&; &; Chicago Tribune

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, [2020]
ISBN: 9780778309994
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 12, 2020

Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction. This book reminded me of the movie The Magdalene Sisters which is about a workhouse/laundry in Ireland for 'wicked' girls where they were mistreated, enslaved and subject to all sorts of abuse from religious figures. It turns out the writer was inspired by those institutions.

Mar 09, 2020

A sad but well written historical fiction novel set in 1913 about 13 yr old Effie who was born with a heart condition that makes her weak and prone to blue fits that leave her gasping for breath. When she leaves her privileged life and admits herself into the House of Mercy for wayward girls to find her beloved sister, she finds out that she is stronger than she ever knew. Told from three perspectives: Effie, her mother, and Mable another House of Mercy resident. This is a story of women from different social circles in 1913 who suffered, endured, and survived.
(Although this is historical fiction, the House of Mercy was one of a number of Magdalene laundries that claimed to help destitute women and girls but were actually prisons that made millions for the church with their laundry services. Shame on them!)

Feb 22, 2020

I would have liked to read this but the font is too small. And no large print available.

debwalker Jan 02, 2020

Pennie's Pick for January 2020.


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