- Library Journal, Best Books 2017, Historical Fiction
- National Public Radio, Best Books of 2017
- Bustle, The 17 Best Debut Novels by Women in 2017
- Goodreads, Semifinalist, Choice Awards 2017, Historical Fiction
- Finalist, The Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction 2017
- Amazon, Best Books of May 2017 in Literature/Fiction
About the Book
A young Quaker woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses to keep her.
Confiding their story to her diary as it unfolds, Lilli takes readers from an impoverished charity to a wealthy family's home to the streets of a burgeoning American city. Drawing on rich history, Lilli de Jong is an intimate portrait of loves lost and found and a testament to the work of mothers. "So little is permissible for a woman," writes Lilli, "yet on her back every human climbs to adulthood."
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