The Wet Nurse's Tale

The Wet Nurse's Tale

Book - 2009/08/06
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Penguin Putnam
Bright and clever with a sharp-tongued, adventurous heroine who offers a candid and often funny look at the business of nursing babies in Victorian England, this is a debut novel that will have everyone talking.

Susan Rose isn't the average protagonist: she's scheming, promiscuous, plump, and she is also smart, funny, tender, and entirely lovable. Like many lower-class women of Victorian England, she was born into a world that offered very few opportunities for the poor and unlovely. But Susan is the kind of plucky heroine who seeks her fortune, and finds it . . . with some help from, well, her breasts. Susan, you see, is a professional wet nurse; she breast-feeds the children of wealthy women who can't or won't nurse their own babies.

But when her own child is sold by her father and sent to a London lady who had recently lost a baby, Susan manages to convince his new foster mother, Mrs. Norbert, to hire her as a wet nurse. Once reunited with her son, Susan discovers the Norbert home to be a much more sinister place than she'd ever expected. Dark and full of secrets, its master is in India, and the first baby who died there did so under very mysterious circumstances. Susan embarks on a terrifying journey to rescue her son before he meets the same fate.



Baker & Taylor
Losing her baby when the child's father sells the infant to a wealthy woman, plucky Susan of Victorian England convinces the adoptive mother to hire her as a wet nurse and discovers that her employer's home hides sinister secrets.

Blackwell North Amer
Susan Rose's life has not been one filled with ease and opportunities. She's decidedly unconventional - free-thinking and sympathetic, but not above a little scheming and sinning to get what she wants - but a plump, poor, uneducated and unmarried mother had few options in Victorian England, and so Susan, like her mother before her, makes her living as a wet nurse, nursing and caring for the babies of women too wealthy or too sick to nurse their own children. It's not bad work, but employment is uncertain, and Susan must navigate the complicated world of the wealthy class - especially when her own child gets caught in the turmoil.

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Losing her baby when the child's father sells the infant to a wealthy woman, Susan of Victorian England convinces the adoptive mother to hire her as a wet nurse and discovers that her employer's home hides sinister secrets.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009/08/06
ISBN: 9780399155765
0399155767
Branch Call Number: FICTION EISDORFER
Characteristics: 259 p

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21221018293347
Sep 05, 2016

This is what I call a summer read. Quick, easy read, interesting but not a lot of substance.

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TDUPUS
Sep 28, 2012

This was a very good book. It's an interesting story and I felt like I learned something about a part of Victorian life that I'd never thought about before. I really enjoyed the short 1 - 2 page chapters that gave the reasons why Susan Rose's customers put their infants in her care.

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rupert1955
Jun 17, 2012

An easy read but so enjoyable. I could totally loose myself in the story line. Will look for more by this arthor.

ALS1031 Dec 02, 2011

I loved this book, it made me very emotional. A very good depiction of the lengths that a mother would go through to be with her child.

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LR_Seattle
Feb 06, 2011

Not a lot of depth but a quick, easy historical fiction read.

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ALS1031 Nov 08, 2011

ALS1031 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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dontbugmeimreading
Jul 25, 2012

"He looked at me very fond while he nursed and smiled up at me around my tit, which made me laugh loud. He was a flirt is what he was."

I remember my own babies doing this.

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