My Notorious Life by Madame X

 
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In the end, they celebrated. They bragged. They got me finally, was their feeling. They got me. They said I would take my secrets to the grave. They should be so lucky. This is the testament of Axie Muldoon: midwife, female physician, distributor of 'obscene' materials, and the most scandalous woman in New York. Her story begins in 1860, when she is thirteen years old, the child of Irish emigrants, forced to beg on the streets for pennies with her little sister Dutch and baby brother Joe. When a Christian philanthropist sends the children West to 'save' them, Axie is separated from her mother and siblings, and embarks on a quest to reunite her family. Back in New York, Axie is taken in by a local midwife who teaches her the craft she will...  More
 
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A quarter of the way through the novel, and so far loving it!

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I loved this novel for the fact that it made me think about a lot of issues that women faced then and make me realize how many of these issues are still around - even if in a slightly different form....more

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My Notorious Life is a really fabulous rags to riches story of a feisty Irish orphan and the challenges all women, rich and poor, faced in dealing with contraception and childbirth in puritan mid to...more

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Based on the life of Ann Trow, better known as Madame Restell, an abortionist in Victorian New York City. My Notorious Life by Madame X is the journal of Axie Muldoon found in an attic that tells the story of a daughter of an Irish Immigrant who was... more
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How to begin – this book is extraordinary and exquisite and I loved every word on every page! This book has much to offer- it is a historical feminist work of fiction “based partly on the life and death of Ann Trow Lohman (1811-79)... more
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I have a strange relationship with historical novels. I find some of them (like for example Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies) absolutely sublime while others (which I shall not name) make me very angry with their sloppy research and complete... more
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A compelling and provocative tale, author Kate Manning blends history and imagination to create a wonderfully rich portrait of an extraordinary character. My Notorious Life is loosely based on the history of 19th-century New York midwife and... more
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