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This book was good but not great. The subject matter was, at times, absolutely painful to read. Families in the 1920's dropping their children off at orphanages because they are no longer able to feed them. Did the parents have any idea what the conditions of these orphanages were? I simply can NOT imaging thinking abandoning my children is my best option.

There is a lot to this story, hunger, loneliness, despair, etc. It is not a feel good story and it has taken me a long time to read it. I think that I am going to be reading a comedy or some other kind of fluffy something to get myself out of this darkness.

I am really not sure that I am able to actually recommend this book because of the way that it is written. It is just so dang sad!

Many thanks to Ballentine Books via Netgally for the Advanced Reader Copy.