Throwback Thursday

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Throwback Thursday – this is an event hosted by me! It used to take place weekly, but is now once a month on this blog. It is the time to recognize those older books… an older book you’ve always wanted to read, or one that you have read and love; maybe one from your childhood; or review an older book -- how about even a classic! Leave a comment here and feel free to take an icon and use it on your blog! Also feel free to do this on as many Thursdays as you like. =)

This week's throwback is:

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
Publish Date: May 28, 2002

Born to rough cloth in working-class London in 1748, Mary Saunders hungers for linen and lace. Her lust for a shiny red ribbon leads her to a life of prostitution at a young age, where she encounters a freedom unknown to virtuous young women. But a dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth and the refuge of the middle-class household of Mrs. Jones, to become the seamstress her mother always expected her to be and to live the ordinary life of an ordinary girl. Although Mary becomes a close confidante of Mrs. Jones, her desire for a better life leads her back to prostitution. She remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets of London: Never give up your liberty; Clothes make the woman; Clothes are the greatest lie ever told. In the end, it is clothes, their splendor and their deception, that lead Mary to disaster.
Emma Donoghue's daring, sensually charged prose casts a new sheen on the squalor and glamour of eighteenth-century England. Accurate, masterfully written, and infused with themes that still bedevil us today, Slammerkin is historical fiction for all readers.

In honor of Ms. Donoghue's new book, Room, coming out in September that I'm really excited about, I decided to feature the first book I read by her. I'll be honest in saying I don't remember all that much about this book because I read it 8 years ago before I was keeping track of my reading in any way. I do remember I asked for this book for my birthday that year and my sister got it for me. And I do remember I really liked it. I may need to re-read it one of these days!


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This sounds like a book I should check out...thanks!

Aarti said...

I really enjoyed this book, too! I didn't know Donoghue had another book coming out. Have you read her Life Mask? I enjoyed that one as well.

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

I love this meme because I love to also celebrate books that are not new releases!

Is it just me or did you totally redesign your site? I may just be oblivious, but I came by a few times after BEA but I don't think you had the new header et al set up yet. Either way, it looks really great, Jenny!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Hi, Jenny...I have an award for you here:

Jenny said...

Laurel -- I can't vouch for what I didn't remember, lol, but I do remember it was good!

Aarti -- I haven't read that one... these two are the only ones I've read! Room is a totally different book but really good... my review will be up in September!

Allie -- I used to do this every week but it became too much for me so I'm only doing it once a month or so now. And my site has been redesigned for a little while, LOL! My hubby designed it. Thanks for the compliment! =)

Zibilee said...

Oh, I just loved this book and it's one I kept for my permanent collection. I am so excited about Room and can't wait to read it. It sounds like it will be quite interesting. So glad that you picked Slammerkin this week for your throwback. It was such an engrossing read!

Jenny Girl said...

I've heard so many good things about this book and author. I have to check her out. Thanks for the reminder.

softdrink said...

I loved Slammerkin. And I loved Room even more!

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