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Charity Girl

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ISBN-10: 0618919783

ISBN-13: 9780618919789

Edition: 2007

Authors: Michael Lowenthal

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During World War I, seventeen-year-old Frieda Mintz secures a job at a Boston department store and strikes out on her own, escaping her repressive Jewish mother and marriage to a wealthy widower twice her age. Determined to find love on her own terms, she is intoxicated by her newfound freedom and the patriotic fervor of the day. That is, until a soldier reports her as his last sexual contact, sweeping her up in the governments wartime crusade against venereal disease. Deemed a threat to the country and quarantined in a detention center, Frieda finds in the Homes confines a group of brash, unforgettable women who help her see the way to a new kind of independence. Charity Girl is based on an ugly, little-known chapter in American history that saw fifteen thousand women across the nation incarcerated. Like When the Emperor Was Divine, Lowenthals novel is poignant, provocative historical fiction that will leave readers moved and astonished by the shameful facts that inspired it.
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

John Preston was the author or editor of almost 50 books (32 books under his own name, and at least 17 books under pseudonyms) during his 20-year writing career. His books include Mr. Benson, The Big Gay Book, Hometown, and Flesh and the Word volumes 1, 2, and 3 (as editor). He died in 1994.Michael Lowenthal is the novelist and anthologist and author of two books, including the Lambda Award-nominated Avoidance. He wrote the introduction to the Little Sister's Classic Franny, the Queen of Provincetown by John Preston (Arsenal Pulp Press).