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.
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.
makes sure that she protects her sister and teaches herself from her sisters books. The sister becomes a governess and severs all contact with
and then is raped and given an STD by her employer. She suicides.
But the sister is not the story.
endures, learns and becomes a writer - on her own.
This is a snapshot of 1880’s
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