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‘Lilli De Jong’

“Lilli De Jong” by Janet Benton is a novel that gives voice to the circumstances of unwed mothers in late 19th-century Philadelphia. Pregnant, abandoned by her fiancé, forbidden to stay in her Quaker home and teaching position, Lilli enters The Philadelphia Haven for Women and Infants because she is promised a reputable adoption and a […]

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“Faithful” by Alice Hoffman is a novel about an extraordinary tragedy and devastating survivor’s guilt. Shelby Richmond is a high-achieving high school senior, growing up on Long Island, with plans to attend New York University in the fall. That all changes when she and her best friend, Helene, are out one night when their car hits […]

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‘The Velvet Hours’

“The Velvet Hours” by Alyson Richman is historical fiction, set in a real-life Paris apartment in the 9th arrondissement that had been abandoned for more than 70 years. Though the apartment was abandoned, rent was paid until just a few years ago. The story is about an elusive courtesan, Marthe de Florian, who started out […]

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“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee is a novel spanning four generations and eight decades of an ethnic Korean family in Japan. Korea was colonized by Japan for decades. The novel begins in 1910, the year Japan annexed Korea. “Pachinko” tells of the struggles of a Korean girl, Sunja, who works tirelessly in her parents’ boarding […]