The Colour of Milk

The Colour of Milk

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When her father, a man whose anger is unleashed at the slightest provocation, sends her to work for the local vicar and his invalid wife, Mary finds her new place of employment an endless source of books and learning, but discovers that such precious knowledge comes with a devastating price.

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The Colour of Milk is a literary tour de force of power, class, and fate, told in the fierce, urgent voice of the irrepressible Mary, a character as indelible as The Color Purple’s Celie and Margaret Atwood’s eponymous Alias Grace.

Set in England in 1830, The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon is an emotionally haunting work of historical fiction — hailed as “charming, Brontë-esque...and hard to forget” (Marian Keyes) — about an illiterate farm girl’s emotional and intellectual awakening and its devastating consequences.

Mary, the spirited youngest daughter of an angry, violent man, is sent to work for the local vicar and his invalid wife. Her strange new surroundings offer unsettling challenges, including the vicar’s lecherous son and a manipulative fellow servant. But life in the vicarage also offers unexpected joys, as the curious young girl learns to read and write — knowledge that will come at a tragic price.



Baker
& Taylor

Mary, the spirited youngest daughter of an angry, violent man, is sent to work for the local vicar and his invalid wife. Her strange new surroundings offer unsettling challenges, including the vicar's lecherous son and a manipulative fellow servant. But life in the vicarage also offers unexpected joys, as the curious young girl learns to read and write -- knowledge that will come at a tragic price.
When her father, a man who becomes angry at the slightest provocation, sends her to work for the local vicar and his invalid wife, Mary finds her new place of employment an endless source of books, but discovers that knowledge comes with a price.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2012], c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780062245823
Branch Call Number: Fiction Leyshon
Characteristics: 171 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Color of milk

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Michaelene1
Aug 04, 2018

Took me a little while to get used to the writing style and I feel the book may have started a little slow but quickly picked up momentum. Mary's personality became more apparent the further I read and she drew me into the story completely. The author knows how to keep your attention and how to keep you turning pages. After I finished reading I was slightly haunted by Mary and her life. I loved the book and highly recommend it!

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 25, 2018

Mary is an illiterate, but mostly happy servant living in the 1800's, and this is her story written by her own hand. Her story is an exploration of class, disability, and gender roles. This novel is so cleverly and purposefully written that it's hard to remember Nell Leyshon is the true author, not Mary. I'm amazed I have never heard of this book before, because it is truly remarkable.

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abcDena
Nov 29, 2017

In the beginning...

I think this is a book you either love, or hate, and I comPLETely loved it. I wish it was longer and more detailed, but it was actually perfect the way it was. I just wanted to know more about Mary, her three sisters, her parents, everyone. What a book! I'm so sad it's over.

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bixby
Jun 06, 2014

1831 small village in England -a young farm girl is sent to help care for the vicar's wife. Her wish to learn to read and write comes true, but not without consequences to both the teacher and the learner.
Short but very interesting characters!

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taylrmari
Jun 17, 2013

"In the beginning"... I wasn't sure what to make of this story: I found it hard to follow with all the grammar errors. But, I'm glad I stuck it out. It was a nice, simple exciting story. Definitely a new perspective to what readers already know, but never hear about, 19th century England. I read this all in one sitting and couldn't put it down! Great story!

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vicsailgarden
May 29, 2013

note to ksilverbears

The author's decision to use poor grammar and lack of capitalization is to show, rather than tell, the life these girls endure. You did not state whether or not you actually liked or disliked the story. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the story itself.

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diggie
Mar 20, 2013

unbelievable characters doomed to tragedy.

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ksilverbears
Mar 01, 2013

If you are the sort of person, like myself, who is easily irritated by poor grammar and punctuation then this book will greatly displease you. I am shocked that this was published.
The story is told from the perspective of a young, largely illiterate, woman. My problem with this is that the novel reads illiterately. Nothing is properly capitalized or punctuated. Be warned.

madison382 Jan 30, 2013

very interesting, but sad novel.

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