About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper (June 26, 2012)
About the Author:
This is the story of Moth – a young girl so named by her father who insisted that she be named such before he abandoned her and her mother for another woman. Moth’s mother is ostensibly a fortune teller but she is mostly an alcoholic and cares not a jot for Moth except for the price that she can bring once she is old enough to be sold into servitude. As soon as possible that is arranged and Moth is sold to a an abusive woman who is also just a little bit crazy. With the help of the household butler Moth is able to escape but he also uses her to his own end.
Moth finds herself on the street where she is “recruited” by a young woman into house where a woman sells young virgins to the highest bidder. Moth being very, very young she does not fully understand the ramifications of the food and new clothing she is receiving. A female doctor tries to dissuade Moth from the house but Moth likes her new found freedom and she thinks she is in control of her life.
Little does she know….
What a horrifying story. What a fascinating story. What a look into the ghettos of New York at the turn of the century when children were a commodity and no one cared for the lesser among us. Ms. McKay has written a world that is dark and terrifying but where there is a little bit of light for these poor souls to find. The writing creates the mood and the reader is pulled back in time to a world that hopefully will never reappear. The characters are well drawn and quite compelling; Moth in particular as one would expect in the heroine. Despite the bleak world and the dark subject matter I had a hard time putting the book down. I found myself quite drawn into Moth’s world as she navigated her way from child to adult looking for the basics of life; food, a place to live and the simple comforts of a loving touch from someone that loves you.
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