The Girls with No Names (Original)


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Park Row
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6.1 X 0.8 X 9.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Serena Burdick Graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California before moving to New York City to pursue a degree in English Literature at Brooklyn College. Author of GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON, she lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.


"Burdick has spun a cautionary tale of struggle and survival, love and family -- and above all, the strength of the heart, no matter how broken." -- New York Times Book Review

I'm shocked I'd never heard of The House of Mercy, the asylum for fallen women at the center of Serena Burdick's beautiful novel. Burdick expertly weaves together the stories of women affected by the asylum, telling a mesmerizing tale of strength, subterfuge, and the unbreakable bond between sisters. - Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light

Filled with true historical details about life inside a work house for wayward girls in the 1910s, The Girls with No Names is a beautifully written, haunting novel. Burdick gorgeously portrays womanhood and coming-of-age set against the backdrop of the real House of Mercy, but above all, she weaves a stunning story of sisters, friendship, secrets, and ultimately survival. I fell in love with the courageous Effie and Mabel and will not soon forget their stories. - Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time

"Burdick's carefully researched narrative shines a light on the untold stories of countless real women, and fans of Joanna Goodman's The Home for Unwanted Girls will be consumed by the fast-paced plot and well-characterized, sympathetic girls at the novel's heart." - Booklist

"The lives of women in early-20th-century New York spring to life through Burdick's deft sketching... As for the House of Mercy itself, Burdick shrewdly lets it loom in the background for a bit before pulling it to the foreground, like an urban legend suddenly brought to life. A spellbinding thriller for fans of Gilded Age fiction." - Kirkus Reviews

"Burdick will break hearts with this exquisitely wrought, meticulously researched historical reflection on an American version of the infamous Magdalene laundries of Ireland... The narrative combines lush prose with a quick and riveting plot. Readers will be intensely moved by this historical." - Publishers Weekly