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City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
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Feb 03, 14

really liked it
Read in February, 2014

A really lovely story of one girl's struggle for identity in the midst of a murder mystery. Nisha is just one of many girls abandoned in her city, brought up to be the head Matron's assistant--until another girl is murdered and her world is thrown into chaos. I loved the mythology weaved into the book, and the idea of the City of a Thousand Dolls, a place where parents can leave their daughters (in a country with a two child law) and know they will be safe and brought up to have a trade/skill for life. Despite the fact that it's very anti-feminist to think that the girls would ultimately be "sold" off to husbands or masters (for apprenticeships, for example), the concept works quite well with the mythology of the world that Forster creates. And, the negative aspects of the city actually allow for the plot (the murder mystery) to develop while keeping the mystery part of it intact. Further, they allow for the heroine's ultimate discovery of her true identity and her thoughts on the city and what it really means for the girls who live there to come to fruition. Overall, it was a well-written and interesting tale.
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