William Morrow Paperbacks
On Sale: September 3, 2019
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Fiction | Historical
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 fourteen-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 sheâ€™s entered a waking
nightmare. Her new â€śhusbandâ€ť 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
â€śsistersâ€ť 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 opportunityâ€”to help bring down the criminal
network that has enslaved so many young women and has
been instrumental in developing Buenos Aires into a
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.
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