Nell Leyshon The Colour of Milk: Novel

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The Colour of Milk: Novel

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When her father, a man whose anger is unleashed at the slightest provocation, sends her to work for the local vicar and his invalid wife, Mary finds her new place of employment an endless source of books and learning, but discovers that such precious knowledge comes with a devastating price.

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"I loved it. "The Colour of Milk" is charming, Bront?-esque, compelling, special, and hard to forget. I loved Mary's voice--so inspiring and likeable. Such a hopeful book."--Marian Keyes, bestselling author of "Angels" and "Anybody Out There?"

"Resonant, heartbreaking. . . . "The Colour of Milk" is a truly wonderful read--a slender, beautiful novel with as much heart as a book twice its size."--San Francisco Chronicle

"The unflinching, observant, and thoroughly persuasive voice of the narrator, a shrewd, illiterate farm girl, makes this slim novel striking."--The Atlantic

"Compelling. . . . Leyshon brings her narrator brilliantly to life. . . . Mary draws the reader in from the opening pages. Here is a headstrong, forthright, optimistic character determined to survive her wretched circumstances in a literary jewel crafted by an accomplished writer."--Booklist

"At once lyric and brutal. . . . Readers of historical and women's fiction should investigate."---Library Journal

Resonant, heartbreaking. . . . "The Colour of Milk" is a truly wonderful read a slender, beautiful novel with as much heart as a book twice its size. --San Francisco Chronicle"

The unflinching, observant, and thoroughly persuasive voice of the narrator, a shrewd, illiterate farm girl, makes this slim novel striking. --The Atlantic"

Compelling. . . . Leyshon brings her narrator brilliantly to life. . . . Mary draws the reader in from the opening pages. Here is a headstrong, forthright, optimistic character determined to survive her wretched circumstances in a literary jewel crafted by an accomplished writer. --Booklist"

At once lyric and brutal. . . . Readers of historical and women s fiction should investigate. ---Library Journal"

Nell Leyshon has beautifully captured a voice that haunts, long after the last word has been read. Brava! --Kathleen Grissom, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Kitchen House""

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"this is my book and i am writing it by my own hand."

Mary and her three sisters rise every day to backbreaking farmwork that threatens to suppress their own awakening desires, whether it's Violet's pull toward womanhood or Beatrice's affinity for the Scriptures. But it's their father, whose anger is unleashed at the slightest provocation, who stands to deliver the most harm. Only Mary, fierce of tongue and a spitfire since birth, dares to stand up to him. When he sends her to work for the local vicar and his invalid wife in their house on the hill, he deals her the only blow she may not survive.

Within walking distance of her family farm, the vicarage is a world away–a curious, unsettling place unlike any she has ever known. Teeming with the sexuality of the vicar's young son and the manipulations of another servant, it is also a place of books and learning–a source of endless joy. Yet as young Mary soon discovers, such precious knowledge comes at a devastating price, as is gradually made clear once she begins the task of telling her own story.

Reminiscent of Alias Grace in the exploration of the power dynamics between servants and those they serve and of Celie's struggles in The Color Purple, this quietly devastating tour de force reminds us that knowledge can destroy even as it empowers.

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