Emmeline

The story of Emmeline Mosher, who, before her 14th birthday, was sent from her home on a farm in Maine to support her family by working in a cotton mill in Massachusetts The year was 1839 An extraordinary novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Mr Goodbar , the story of a desperate young girl thrust into one of America s early industrial townsThe story of Emmeline Mosher, who, before her 14th birthday, was sent from her home on a farm in Maine to support her family by working in a cotton mill in Massachusetts The year was 1839 An extraordinary novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Mr Goodbar , the story of a desperate young girl thrust into one of America s early industrial towns is a haunting tale of seduction.
Emmeline The story of Emmeline Mosher who before her th birthday was sent from her home on a farm in Maine to support her family by working in a cotton mill in Massachusetts The year was An extraordi

  • Title: Emmeline
  • Author: Judith Rossner
  • ISBN: 9780224018845
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Emmeline”

    1. One of my all-time favorite books. Many other reviewers have noted that it is too depressing and dark in their reviews. It is depressing however, it is based on a true story and in that way I believe it has great value as historical fiction in the same way that Schindler's List has value as historical fiction. The practice of sending very young girls away from their home during the mid-1800's during the Industrial Revolution was common and the practices led ultimately to child labor laws passed [...]

    2. Oh, I hesitate to give five stars to anything, but if any book ever deserved it, this one does.Remember Looking for Mr. Goodbar? Ms. Rossner also wrote that bestseller, but don't let that put you off reading Emmeline - you'd never know it was by the same author. A novel which reads like non-fiction, it's illuminating, heartbreaking and completely absorbing. The simple story of a simple young girl who leaves the farm and goes to work at the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts - and the fate which awai [...]

    3. WOW! I was very surprised and caught off gaurd by the turn this story took at the end. After "Goodbar," I was so eager to read something else by Judith Rossner, and I chose this one- a main reason is because I was so attracted to the cover, which is beautiful and hideous simultaneoulsy. It started slow, picked up in the middle, and then, by the end, was hard to put down.

    4. This book speaks to a harsh reality. Young girls were sent off to the Lowell mills without anyone to look after them. They were too young and too ignorant to know how the world worked. This story is beautiful and heartbreaking.

    5. Reminiscent of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, this true story tells of 14 year is Emmeline, sent far away from her family to work in the textile mills of New England. Like Tess, she faces ruin at the hands of an older man. The book has a good surprise twist at the end.

    6. Tale of a 13 yo girl when she is sent away from her sheltered farm life to earn money at the cotton mill in Lowell, Massachusetts. Based on a true story. Beautifully written heart-wrenching story by a wonderful writer.

    7. Another book about the downfall of the women's virtue causing general unhappiness - in the extreme. I thought the end was a little contrived, but the writing was lovely enough that it was worth reading through.

    8. Good bookVery good book, one of the best I've read in awhile. Shows how different it was in that time period

    9. This piece of historical fiction is riveting and Emmeline’s story will stay with me for a long time. Just before the dedication page the author writes “Nettie Mitchell told me about Emmeline. Nettie is ninety-four years old and still lives in Fayette. She knew Emmeline when she herself was a child and Emmeline was an old woman”. Thus it seems that Judith Rossner based this book on a true story she heard about an “Emeline”. As an innocent young girl of 13 years, she leaves her poor farm [...]

    10. There are more of these Mill Girl books than you might think, and they are essentially the same. This one starts strong, but Emmeline leaves Lowell pretty quickly, and the book falls apart after that. You will suspect the Moll Flanders like plot twist, then scold yourself for thinking it will turn so ridiculous. When it finally does, if you don't throw the book across the room, you might accept that Emmeline's story is based on true events. Unless you already read A Million Little Pieces. 3 star [...]

    11. This book starts out so strong. Almost historical fiction sounding, and actually really acurate about what I have learned in American History about these "mill girls" that were sent away from families to earn a living. I loved the first part of the book, couldn't put it down, but then it just takes one tragic turn after another and the end is so sad, it's really the worst. Even with the total tragedy that is Emmeline's life, I still really liked the book.

    12. This one was really good! Historical fiction that held my attention all the way through. A young girl is sent to work in a factory. The factory provided the living conditions for the girls but really kept them working. The heroine gets pregnant and what happens years later is a great surprise.

    13. This is historical fiction about a young woman from Fayette, Maine (up near Augusta). Before she was even 14, she was sent to work in the textile mills of Massachusetts. This novel makes her plight all too real -- in a good way!

    14. my grandma had raved about this book for years. i took her copy when she passed and am really looking forward to reading it!this story was very depressing, different from what I am used to reading.

    15. Wow this was very disturbing on so many levels. Some say child pornography, others say that Emmeline was badly used by family, friends and everyone she seemed to encounter. Shocking on so many levels.

    16. This was pretty depressing.Good characters but the whole thing was so dark.A corker of an ending, though.Knocked my socks off.

    17. Unrelenting grimness from the very beginning, topped off by a very disturbing ending.Definitely a memorable book, but not one I recall with pleasure!

    18. A very dark story. but also engrossing. I read this as a teen in the 1980s and was completely stunned by it. Not sure what my reaction would be today if I re-read it.

    19. I read this book years ago and couldn't think of the name of it. Just ran across it today. I didn't know that it was supposed to be based on a true story. Unbelievable!

    20. I read it many years ago and was into reading tragic and sad bookswhich this is. It is also historical fiction which I really, really enjoy. I think I may still have the paperback on my shelf.

    21. A tragic love story which will be hard to forget. The book was well written, and the story moved along well. A very sad story.

    22. Very dark, depressing but captivating book. Definitely not feel-good, happy read. How one girl/woman can go through so much and still stand on her own

    23. Read this back in college late one Friday night and devoured it. I have thought about it many times since, but haven't re-read it and have no idea what I would think of it now.

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