Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls, ” and inspired by historical events.   “Home for Erring and Outcast Girls deftly reimagines the wounded women who came seeking a second chance and a sustaining hope.”—Lisa Wingate, author of Before We Were Yours In turn-of-the-20th century Texas,  the Berachah Home for the Redemption and Protection of Erring Girls is an unprecedented beacon of hope for young women consigned to the dangerous poverty of the streets by birth, circumstance, or personal tragedy. Built in 1903 on the dusty outskirts of Arlington, a remote dot between Dallas and Fort Worth’s red-light districts, the progressive home bucks public opinion by offering faith, training, and rehabilitation to prostitutes, addicts, unwed mothers, and “ruined” girls without forcibly separating mothers from children. When Lizzie Bates and Mattie McBride meet there—one sick and abused, but desperately clinging to her young daughter, the other jilted by the beau who fathered her ailing son—they form a friendship that will see them through unbearable loss, heartbreak, difficult choices, and ultimately, diverging paths. A century later, Cate Sutton, a reclusive university librarian, uncovers the hidden histories of the two troubled women as she stumbles upon the cemetery on the home’s former grounds and begins to comb through its archives in her library. Pulled by an indescribable connection, what Cate discovers about their stories leads her to confront her own heartbreaking past, and to reclaim the life she thought she'd let go forever. With great pathos and powerful emotional resonance,  Home for Erring and Outcast Girls explores the dark roads that lead us to ruin, and the paths we take to return to ourselves.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Crown/Archetype, 2019.
ISBN: 9780451499356
Characteristics: 400 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Mar 02, 2020

I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The author alternated between past and present and also between a few different characters, but the beginning of each chapter identified the character, location and the time frame so the reader knew what to expect. There were a few situations in the book that made me angry and some situations that made me want to cry so I definitely was emotionally involved in the story.
This was a very good historical fiction read as well as a strong story on long term friendships.

Aug 12, 2019

The book was alright. I love when an author weaves the present with the past and this author does it beautifully. Anyone who grew up attending an Evangelical youth group in the 90's will appreciate the present day story and all the Christian-pop-culture references. I gave a huge eye-roll to the plot twist (to be fair I DID NOT see that coming). And quickly grew frustrated with the damaging roll the church played in the main characters life, this particular church sure takes the cake! And I found it so sad that this part of the story did not get resolved. Maybe that is more true to life though as this part of the story did feel the most authentic. I enjoyed reading the 'past story' more, historical fiction is my jam and knew nothing of the Berachah Home before this novel. Overall, I just wasn't that into this novel.

Jul 18, 2019

Looking forward to reading this! The inspiration for the novel comes from a Home of the same name in my hometown, Arlington.
LVCCLD staff- if this is chosen as a book club book, I’d love to know. Thanks! 😊

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