Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal (323 pgs) 2007
True story: during WWI 15,000 women were imprisoned in “moral detention” centers. Prostitutes, dance-hall frequenters (the so-called charity girls of the title), and anyone suspected of passing sexually transmitted diseases to GIs could be rounded up and detained.
This novel imagines the experiences of one such girl- an innocent shopgirl infected by her love-at-first-sight soldier. Sounds interesting, no? No. It was enough to keep me chipping away at it during breaks, but the writing wasn’t terribly compelling.