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LILLI de Jong
by Janet Benton




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Library Journal Best Historical Fiction 2017

"A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history--a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies."
--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Philadelphia, 1883. Twenty-three-year-old Lilli de Jong is pregnant and alone--abandoned by her lover and banished from her Quaker home. She gives birth at a charity for wronged women, planning to give up the baby. But the power of their bond sets her on a completely unexpected path. Unwed mothers in 1883 face staggering prejudice, yet Lilli refuses to give up her baby girl. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep the two of them alive.
Lilli confides this story to her diary as it unfolds, taking readers from a charity for unwed mothers to a wealthy family's home and onto the streets of a burgeoning American city. Her story offers a rare and harrowing view into a time when a mother's milk is crucial for infant survival. Written with startling intimacy and compassion, this accomplished novel is both a rich historical depiction and a testament to the saving force of a woman's love.

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Overview

Library Journal Best Historical Fiction 2017

"A powerful, authentic voice for a generation of women whose struggles were erased from history--a heart-smashing debut that completely satisfies."
--Jamie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Philadelphia, 1883. Twenty-three-year-old Lilli de Jong is pregnant and alone--abandoned by her lover and banished from her Quaker home. She gives birth at a charity for wronged women, planning to give up the baby. But the power of their bond sets her on a completely unexpected path. Unwed mothers in 1883 face staggering prejudice, yet Lilli refuses to give up her baby girl. Instead, she braves moral condemnation and financial ruin in a quest to keep the two of them alive.
Lilli confides this story to her diary as it unfolds, taking readers from a charity for unwed mothers to a wealthy family's home and onto the streets of a burgeoning American city. Her story offers a rare and harrowing view into a time when a mother's milk is crucial for infant survival. Written with startling intimacy and compassion, this accomplished novel is both a rich historical depiction and a testament to the saving force of a woman's love.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780525563327
  • ISBN-10: 0525563326
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: July 2018
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 pounds


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