My Notorious Life

By Kate Manning
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9781451698060, 448pp.)

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

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A brilliant rendering of a scandalous historical figure, Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life is an ambitious, thrilling novel introducing Axie Muldoon, a fiery heroine for the ages.

Axie’s story begins on the streets of 1860s New York. The impoverished child of Irish immigrants, she grows up to become one of the wealthiest and most controversial women of her day.

In vivid prose, Axie recounts how she is forcibly separated from her mother and siblings, apprenticed to a doctor, and how she and her husband parlay the sale of a few bottles of “Lunar Tablets for Female Complaint” into a thriving midwifery business. Flouting convention and defying the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights, Axie rises from grim tenement rooms to the splendor of a mansion on Fifth Avenue, amassing wealth while learning over and over never to trust a man who says “trust me.”



About the Author
Kate Manning is the author of the critically acclaimed novel "Whitegirl. "A former documentary television producer and winner of two Emmy Awards, she has written for the "New York Times", "Glamour", and "More "magazine, among other publications. She has taught writing in the English Department at Bard High School Early College and lives with her family in New York City.
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