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From the author of Jerusalem Maiden comes a remarkable story, inspired by little-known true events, about the thousands of young Jewish women who were trafficked into prostitution at the turn of the 20th century, and whose subjugation helped build Buenos Aires.

The turn of the 20th century finds 14-year-old Batya in the Russian countryside, fleeing with her family endless pogroms. Desperate, her father leaps at the opportunity to marry Batya to a worldly, wealthy stranger who can guarantee his daughter an easy life and passage to America. 

Feeling like a princess in a fairytale, Batya leaves her old life behind as she is whisked away to a new world. But soon, she discovers that she’s entered a waking nightmare. Her new “husband” does indeed bring her to America: Buenos Aires, a vibrant, growing city in which prostitution is not only legal but deeply embedded in the culture. And now Batya is one of thousands of women tricked and sold into a brothel.

As the years pass, Batya forms deep bonds with her “sisters” in the house as well as some men who are both kind and cruel. Through it all, she holds onto one dream: to bring her family to America, where they will be safe from the anti-Semitism that plagues Russia. Just as Batya is becoming a known tango dancer,  she gets an unexpected but dangerous opportunity - to help bring down the criminal network that has enslaved so many young women and has been instrumental in developing Buenos Aires into a major metropolis.

A powerful story of finding courage in the face of danger, and hope in the face of despair, The Third Daughter brings to life a dark period of Jewish history and gives a voice to victims whose truth deserves to finally be told.

©2019 Talia Carner (P)2019 HarperAudio

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  • 09-06-2020

Interesting point in history

The book can be a little difficult to get through at points, but the history in the book makes it worth reading some graphic detail in the story.

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  • Liz S.H.
  • 18-10-2019

Wonderful Novel

I am writing this a little choked up because the story was so fascinating and wonderful. It was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. Story of a woman subjugated and sold for prostitution. A young woman of just 13 years old. There were many times when it was hard to listen to the story because of the violence. But her journey to overcome adversity was wonderfully triumphant! I would recommend the story to anyone who likes a good book.

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  • Rochelle Jewel Shapiro
  • 05-07-2020

brilliant novel based on shocking truth

In a documentary, I saw a haunting clip of poor Jewish girls in the shtetl in bridal gowns being hoisted onto ships bound for foreign ports to be sold into white slavery. This carefully researched novel tells the story of how this happened to one 14 year old from Poland. unforgettable.

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  • 05-06-2020

Wonderful book

enjoyed listening to this book. It tells you about the great suffering of the Jewish people. And about Batya a teenager who goes through so much pain and hardship. I was so engrossed listening to it that I felt I was part of the story it was like watching a movie. Hope I can listen to more such stories in the future. Just wonderful.

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  • R. S. Levik
  • 19-10-2020

Harsh, Bittersweet, Good Finale

The end before the very end was disappointing , assuming it was true. Not having to do with the author, just what I assume actually happened. The very end was much more hopeful. The story itself was all too real I suspect. That Batya / Esperanza was put through such indignities, yet was able to keep her soul. She was also able to keep her true story hidden, as was necessary. Early on I found it annoying to listen to the narrator's voice when she portrayed the male voices for parts spoken by different men. They always sounded very harsh, grating. It was annoying to listen to. The narrator seemed to improve in the second half of the book portraying male voices. Possibly because some of them were not so harsh themselves such as Sergio or Ulman.

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  • bevg
  • 13-03-2021

A good but difficult read

I did not know about this time in history so I found it an important, though difficult, book. However, the accents used by the reader did not at all resemble the Yiddish accents of my grandparents, and I found that distracting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-2021

issue with narrator's pronunciation

I had this complaint about a previous book. the narrator either has to be better versed in the language she is speaking, or an editor has to review her narrating more carefully .For example. she mentions the Chevrah Kadishah..pronouncing Chevrah (which is with a guttural H) as Shevrah. she pronounces the city of Yafo as Yaffah. She also pronounces Batyaleh as BatYalah( she put the accent on the middle syllable and and made the third syllable aah. the accent should have been on the 1st syllable with the last syllable as le, not la. not tragic but annoying and distracting. it's like pronouncing the title of the book the Turd Daughter

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  • Donna
  • 18-11-2020

Horrific

Could not finish this book. Horrific treatment of women must to appalling. The narration by Ms Maarleveld outstanding as usual .

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  • Dahlia
  • 16-07-2020

Don’t waste your time

This is one of the worst books I have ever read. I only continued because it was a selection for my book group. The only thing worse than the book was the narrator. It is a trite love story, and I am sure an oversimplification and romanticization of the so-called history it purports to tell. The narrator uses Russian accents for Ashkenazi Jews of the late 1800s who would’ve spoken with Yiddish accents not Russian. When she uses Hebrew or Yiddish words she uses a Sephardic pronunciation, not the Ashkenaz pronunciation of Eastern Europe. Characters are either all good or all bad with no complexity. I cannot think of anyone who would appreciate this.

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  • Helen
  • 22-04-2021

Deep, Dark, Gritty

Well this one is not for the faint hearted, it’s heavy, sinister, disturbing plot is evident from the outset beautifully narrated and brought to life by Saskia Maarleved who’s swiftly become one of my favourite narrators on audible.

There are no dips in the story, no filler chapters so I was gripped throughout not wanting to pause for too long.

Remembering the main character starts out being taken at just 14 years in age sends shivers especially given all the torture and degrading she was quickly subjected to in her late teenage years.

A story of triumph over adversity and remaining beautiful in spirit not carrying bitterness or anger within your heart and soul.

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