The Fair Fight

The Fair Fight

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NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE AND LIBRARY JOURNAL

The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club : A page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century England.

Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house, from the world of street fighters to the world of champions, The Fair Fight is a vivid, propulsive historical novel announcing the arrival of a dynamic new talent.

Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn't expect much for herself beyond abuse. While her sister's beauty affords a certain degree of comfort, Ruth's harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is until she meets pugilist patron George Dryer and discovers her true calling--fighting bare knuckles in the prize rings of Bristol.

Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape.

After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them. When Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition, Ruth pushes dainty Charlotte to enter the ring herself and learn the power of her own strength.

A gripping, page-turning story about people struggling to transcend the circumstances into which they were born and fighting for their own places in society, The Fair Fight is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention, and fighting one's way to the top.
Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA), 2015.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781594633294
1594633290
Branch Call Number: FREEMAN
Characteristics: 474 pages ; 24 cm

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Sep 16, 2015

Ooh! 18th Century bare-knuckle boxing, a glimpse at female pugilistic history, and transcendence of social class, politics, and stigma. Need more reasons to read? How about a twisty plot perspective told in three-part disharmony. You gotta place a hold on this one!

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