Charity Girl- Michael Lowenthal
"Charity Girl" examines one of the darkest periods in our history, when patriotic fervor and fear led to devastating consequences. During World War I, the U.S. government went on a moral and medical campaign, quarantining and incarcerating young women who were thought to have venereal diseases. Most were called "charity girls", or working-class girls who happened to have had relationships with infected men. Through the eyes of one fictional charity girl, this novel explores an astonishing time.
Really great book, and the subject was very interesting especially since this actually happen to girls during World War I. I love fiction stories with a non-fiction subject matter. Frieda was naive to a fault, but then again her age played a part with that. The girls in the detention home felt real, and I could just imagine how wrong, and ugly these women were treated. To bad bra-burning didn't happen until decades later.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 3, 2007)