Keeping My Sisters' Secrets

Keeping My Sisters' Secrets

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The moving true story of three sisters born into poverty and their fight for survival. Eva, Peggy and Kathleen were sisters born into a close-knit working class family, living in a tiny terraced house in a street so rough the police would only walk down it in pairs. As they grew up between the wars, they dreamed of escaping their violent father and the crime-written slums of Waterloo. Peggy was a studious girl so appalled by conditions in the factories that she became a Communist. Beautiful Kathleen married an abusive man and later - during the Second World War - fell in love with a GI. Feisty Eva became a pickpocket as a child so she could help their mother put food on the table - and never lost her rebellious streak, or her desire to protect her family by whatever means necessary.
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781509842650
1509842659
Branch Call Number: 942.1 M365k
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 20 cm

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This story has potential for pathos and some compassion for the victims of poverty in England. But "Hard Times" it is not! The plot is a shopping list of tragedies and poor choices. As the characters waded through their disasters, I finally had to skip to the last chapter to uncover the not so satisfying resolution of this facile story-telling.

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