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The Wet Nurse's Tale

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

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    What a tale!

    Susan Rose is a very strong and likeable character, and what a character she is! She basically describes herself as fat and ugly and is just the hired help. Susan is definitely a very unlikely heroine, true. But there's something about her - her personality is strong and she is one brave woman!

    I loved this book, the story flows and is a fast page-turner. Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

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    A profound Victorian tale that focuses on how the lower class made a living anyway they could.

    Growing up Susan Rose saw her mom serve as a wet nurse to the children of other women. She vows to be different. Susan works in a wealthy family's house, but the master's son Freddie leaves her pregnant and alone. She comes home, but her son dies. Her only avenue of income is to do what her mom did to bring in money.

    Susan lives a nomadic life nurturing other people's babies while having no time to grieve her loss except at night. Susan meets a Jewish dentist and has a baby David with him. However, her father sells the infant. Stunned by her paternal betrayal, Susan travels to London to become the wet nurse to her baby. When she discovers an inconsiderate truth about her child's adoptive family, she takes the baby and flees praying she finds her son's dad in the Jewish community

    Told from the perspective of the title character, The Wet Nurse's Tale is an insightful look at a pragmatic individual who knows her bosom is her ticket. Although she allows her compassion to at times overrule her logic, Susan pulls no punches even when raped as she goes after what she wants. The secondary characters, her mom, her lovers, and the customers enhance a profound Victorian tale that focuses on how the lower class made a living anyway they could.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

    Victorian England, through the eyes of a lusty (and resourceful) wench

    So-called morality is beside the point. Susan Rose, one of ten children of a drunken, violent and venal father and a mother who supports the family by nursing other women's babies, does what she needs to do. Brawny, hard-working and intelligent, she starts as a scullery maid in the local manor house and would surely have risen high in the servants' ranks had she not succumbed to the rather limited charms of the young master. The birth of this illegitimate child enables her start in the profession of wet nurse, a social and economic phenomenon that the author illuminates in the voice of a thoroughly engaging and inventive narrator. The weapons with which she fights poverty, injustice and downright wickedness are her quick wits and her generous body, and an invigorating battle it is.

    The reader will cheer her progress through the seamy underside of Victorian society. The author slyly provides a panorama of the sociology and economic realities of an England more often portrayed through the eyes of those who would consider themselves Susan's 'betters.'

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

    Tragic and Joyful Story

    A beautiful story about the unbreakable love between a child and his mother. Reminds us of the strength of women and the bond between women and their children. The character of Susan Rose is a strong and loving women who will do whatever it takes to care for her child and the children of others. I am a new mother currently breastfeeding my son and this story reinforced my decision to nurse my son no matter how difficult and time-consuming it is. I will be giving this book as a gift for my pregnant friends who plan to breastfeed their infants.
    If you enjoy books like "The Red Tent" or "The Pillars of the Earth" you will love this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Story

    Great read....The narrator grabs you on the first page and makes you care about her story. She is the best of heroine's, human. Great Read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    A unique read

    This was an interesting historical fiction that teaches about feminine issues of days gone by. If you've ever nursed a baby you will get a kick out of the descriptions presented here. If you've loved a child you will relate to Susan on at least one level.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Good book, not great, but worth your time.

    I enjoyed this book, thought the ending a bit strange but overall, well worth my time

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    I absolutely adore Susan. She's far from your typical main character and that's what I love about her. I applaud Erica for her descriptions and the flow of her writing. This book gets five stars, easy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Hurrah for the "Lower Classes" heroine, Susan Rose!

    There is nothing more delightful than to be drawn into a story by the language. Through sentence structure, cadence, and subtle humor, Erica Eisdorfer places the reader securely in the Victorian era of Susan Rose's exploits.

    Born into a large family of the lower class, Susan Rose, like her older siblings before her, must work at whatever task comes to hand for the needs of such a large family demand it as does her father's need for drink. In her small village that means a job at the Great House.

    Unschooled though she may be, Susan Rose is intelligent. She observes and learns and is intuitive about the lives and actions of those around her, including her betters. She considers herself a "good girl" throughout the story but she allows her compassion and desire to override her intelligence and she becomes caught up in scandal. When it best suits her, she lies easily and unashamedly and connives to manipulate matters to her own ends. For in Susan Rose's opinion it does not make her a bad person when she must do what is necessary.

    This is a well written tale filled with sly humor and it gives the reader a look into the not-so-virtuous lives of the underclass of English society in the Victorian era. Susan Rose is not one for self pity despite the circumstances of her life and she isn't afraid to do the nasty if necessary in order to survive and thrive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2014

    Spunky protagonist. Easy, fun read that you won't want to put d

    Spunky protagonist. Easy, fun read that you won't want to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Tyler

    He glanced arounf, eventually spotting the girl. He walked over to her, cautiously. "Hey... what are you doing out here? It's getting late?" he asked as he approached her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Mask

    He walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Alexandra

    She looks at the girl "where are you hurt? And im Alexandra"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Lily

    [Okay.] She helped her sit up. "What's your name?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    A girl

    She walks to the next redult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    What a good read

    A good story that tells us alot about the art of breastfeeding

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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