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The Third Daughter

A Novel
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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.