My Notorious Life

My Notorious Life

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning' s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie' s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day. In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of " Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint" into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women' s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says " trust me." When her services attract outraged headlines, Axie finds herself on a collision course with a crusading official— Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. It will take all of Axie' s cunning and power to outwit him in the fight to preserve her freedom and everything she holds dear. Inspired by the true history of an infamous female physician who was once called " the Wickedest Woman in New York," My Notorious Life is a mystery, a family saga, a love story, and an exquisitely detailed portrait of nineteenth-century America. Axie Muldoon' s inimitable voice brings the past alive, and her story haunts and enlightens the present.
Publisher: Prince Frederick : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781490601786
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: Donnelly, Terry
OverDrive, Inc

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Fionaenzo
Jun 02, 2016

Interesting storyline of how women are damned if they get pregnant out of wedlock or cant afford more kids when married. Or will possibly die in childbirth. Little has changed in terms of women bearing the brunt of unplanned pregnancy - economically and socially. Narrator is not talented and chose to use an irritating New York accent for the entire CD. Narrator is no Orlagh Cassidy, the truly talented narrator for Maisie Dobbs audiobooks.

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