The Third Daughter

The Third Daughter

Title:The Third Daughter
ISBN:9780062896896
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:432 pages

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 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 the oldest profession in the world.

As the years pass, Batya forms deep bonds with her “sisters” in the brothel 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.


    The Third Daughter Reviews

  • Berit???

    Talia Carner has written a raw, heartbreaking, disturbing, and important story. One of the things I like most about historical fiction is it is an engaging and entertaining way to learn about our past...

  • Kymm

    The Third Daughter is a book all historical fiction fans must read! It's the story of a young Jewish girl at the turn of the century, who at 14 leaves her impoverished family with a fast talking man, ...

  • Miki Mackennedy

    This historical fiction is based on a near century long practice of a legalized union of pimps in Buenos Aires luring and kidnapping hundreds of thousands of struggling and starving girls and women fr...

  • Adrienne

    Naive is a word that has never been used to describe me, but this book shocked me. I thought it was going to be another historical fiction about hard times in Europe but was blown away by the horrors,...

  • Janice

    I learned something I knew nothing about in reading this novel. Set first in Russia in 1889, the story tells of the young Jewish women who were taken, under very false promises, from their families in...

  • Kathleen Gray

    Know in advance that this includes graphic scenes of the rape and abasement of Batya, a Russian Jew sold by her unwitting father to a pimp who will force her into prostitution in Argentina. Set at fir...

  • Cori

    4.5 stars.The Third Daughter is an important historical fiction read. Oftentimes historical fiction is written about WWII. Although those books are important too, this book focuses on a different peri...

  • Christina

    I was fortunate enough to win a proof of this book through the GoodReads contest with the condition that I would leave an honest review."The Third Daughter" by Talia Carner, a historical fiction novel...

  • Joan

    This is a tough book. The kidnap, repeated brutal rape, and enslavement of a 14 year old girl isn't easy to read. There were times when I had to take a break, times when I considered not finishing; bu...

  • Brenda

    It feels strange to tell people what a great book this is because the subject matter is so heartbreaking, but if you're interested in true, little known historical events you will love The Third Daugh...