My Notorious Life

My Notorious Life

A Novel
Written by Kate Manning
Narrated by Terry Donnelly
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My Notorious Life

A Novel
Written by Kate Manning | Narrated by Terry Donnelly
Join fiery Axie Muldoon, the daughter of impoverished Irish immigrants, as she rises from the streets of 1860s New York to become a renowned midwife — and makes plenty of powerful enemies determined to see her ruined. Heralded as “exquisitely written and richly detailed” by Christina Baker Kline, the New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train.

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“Exquisitely written and richly detailed, My Notorious Life is a marvel. Kate Manning’s rags-to-riches Dickensian saga brings to vivid life the world of nineteenth-century New York City, in all its pitiful squalor and glittering opulence. I loved this novel.” —Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train 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.

General Fiction
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Politics and Current Events

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Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Run time: 20 hours
Unabridged Audiobook

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