The Fair Fight

The Fair Fight

Large Print - 2015
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Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn't expect much. Her harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery until she meets pugilist patron George Dryer and discovers her true calling -- fighting bare knuckles in Bristol's prize rings. Manor-born Charlotte is scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social options, and trapped in power games with her wastrel brother. After a disastrous fight sidelines Ruth the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, MI : Thorndike Press, 2015, c2014
Edition: Thorndike Press large print historical fiction
ISBN: 9781410482587
Branch Call Number: LGP FIC Free
Characteristics: 707 pages


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Apr 25, 2016

A must read for lovers of 18th century historical fiction!

KateHillier May 27, 2015

I probably would have preferred it had the novel been limited to perhaps two of the points of view but overall it is a fine historical novel. I first became aware of this book thanks to the tagline about female pugilists. It seemed pretty hardcore and the story you come for is Ruth's. Ruth is brothel raised but knows she probably isn't going to end up one of the girls because of her looks. One day it is discovered that she can fight and one of the gents decides to take her on as a young novelty fighter. I could have read a whole book of just Ruth's story; it was fascinating and you could really hear and feel her voice. Instead of sticking with her story, though, you get Charlotte - the eventual wife of the man who takes Ruth. Charlotte's story is a sad one from the nobility side of things - she is scarred by smallpox and gets treated rather shabbily by her brother (who is painting in sheer adoration from another's point of view) who takes an interest in Ruth herself when they finally, finally meet.

It's a long haul, and I probably would have been much more content had the story just been Charlotte and Ruth but it's a really great read overall. Lots of historical detail, lively prose (you can tell that the author is slam poet), and story that keeps you reading despite any preferences of narrator.

May 18, 2015

A hugely enjoyable read.

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