A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning' s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages. Axie' s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day. In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of " Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint" into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women' s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says " trust me." When her services attract outraged headlines, Axie finds herself on a collision course with a crusading official-- Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice. It will take all of Axie' s cunning and power to outwit him in the fight to preserve her freedom and everything she holds dear. Inspired by the true history of an infamous female physician who was once called " the Wickedest Woman in New York," My Notorious Life is a mystery, a family saga, a love story, and an exquisitely detailed portrait of nineteenth-century America. Axie Muldoon' s inimitable voice brings the past alive, and her story haunts and enlightens the present.
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"From the start of this fictionalized story of Axie Muldoon, a nineteenth-century abortionist, Terry DonnellyÕs narration is filled with spirit and fervor. The edgy punch in her voice fits Muldoon, a young woman who takes on the burden of finding her long lost siblings, building a controversial yet thriving business, and learning to balance private and public life in America during the late 1800s. DonnellyÕs urgency, even when conveying joyful moments, keeps this novel moving. Her Irish accent and tones of confidence, anxiety, and, often, distrust towards others painfully explore the characterÕs battle to survive not only for herself but also for her family. Listening to this audiobook, one enters AxieÕs world. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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