青少年小說
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2017-10-03
The Virgin Charge
Virginia Schwartz
Holiday House
Fall 2018
書籍編號:
10-1147
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● 內文簡介

In a time when losing her virginity condemns a young woman to a being a criminal, a prostitute, or worse—one famous man offers a way out…

In 1857 the beloved author Charles Dickens is at the height of his fame. Committed to saving the fallen girls of London, he founds Urania Cottage, a haven where they can tend to gardens and chickens and learn employable skills. The catch? After just one year, a future across the ocean in Australia, never to return.

Charles Dickens: In 1857, the beloved author is at the height of his fame. Committed to saving these girls, he is pursued by his own romantic demons.

Orpha: Jailed for a crime she doesn’t understand, Orpha is numb. Plucked from prison by Dickens to a start a new life, she rediscovers her love of books, and she alone recognizes the author for the man he really is. Can she persuade him to let her find her own destiny?

Sesina: Wild, saucy, exploring the boundaries of her forbidden sexuality. Does Urania promise freedom or a new prison?

Inspired by a true story, this atmospheric mystery depicts the sights and smells of a beguiling 19th century London, entwined with a novel of a girl finding her voice, piece by piece discovering the grave wrong inflicted in her past. In a story resonant with modern parallels, Virginia Schwartz explores the restrictions forced upon young women in the Victorian era and the blatant double standards.

With its evocative historical detail, sensual lesbian love interest and great literary storytelling, The Virgin Charge is Sarah Waters for the YA crowd.

 

● 作者簡介

Virginia Schwartz is a Creative Writing instructor at UCLA on their extension program. She is the author of seven award-winning children's novels, including an ALA best book for YA in 2001. She lives in New York City. Holiday House will publish the book in Fall '19, so in plenty of time for international publishers to come on board.

 

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