Would she give up the career she loved for a man she wanted to marry?...
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District Nurse Reviews
District Nurse is an OUTSTANDING book. Way more than just a romance novel, this is a real story about a nurse and her family living in "any city--your city, mine" during the Depression. We follow visiting nurse Ellen Adams through her daily routine of stops at various tenements, as well as her interactions with her neighbors and boyfriends. The writing is clever and snappy, and it's never sappy or dull for a minute. It might be hard to find a copy of this book, written in 1932, but it is worth the effort.Read my full review here.http://vintagenurseromancenovels.blog...
Wow, this is quite the progressive book! Not what I was expecting after Hotel Hostess and its absurd moments. This is much darker, along the lines of a pre-code movie, with its themes of rape, poverty, suicide, and organized crime. It's still "women's fiction," of course, but much less fluffy than the usual.On the other hand, it takes Faith Baldwin for this to happen: girl is sexually harrassed + raped + coerced into marrying her rapist + forced to quit the job that makes her happy + forced to carry now-husband's child...and THE MAN TURNS OUT TO BE A SYMPATHETIC CHARACTER! I just _can't_.Quotable:"Forgive her?" Her eyes were clear scorn. "What have you to forgive, exactly?"He flung a man's name at her, defiantly. He said, "You can't deny that, can you?""No," said Ellen, white. "I can't...We'll take that for granted. Very well. Shall we say that you forgive, then, her unchastity, although you've been perfectly chaste?""That's different," he said flushing, "that's not fair of you, Ellen. A man--""A man," said Ellen, "can regard his chastity as something to be disposed of as quickly and as lightly as possible. A man can, of course, do as he pleases--deny himself nothing. Not, I suppose, a woman. A woman can--you call it sin in a woman, don't you?--sin once, because she is foolish, because she is young, because she thinks herself passionately in love, because promises are made her--and that's her finish, I suppose. It's a swell world," said Ellen, grimly.***"You're barkin' up the wrong tree, sister," he murmured. "She'll come home. With a wedding ring. Or, without...After all, she ain't a minor, you know. Age of consent, and all that."
This book provides a fascinating look at life in a large city during the Depression (I assume we're meant to think it's New York City, but the book never specifies). Contrary to Goodreads' dismissive description of Faith Baldwin's novels as being "a highly simplified version of life among the wealthy" where "Evil, depravity, poverty, and sex found no place," this book is an unflinching portrayal of life in a big city's slums. The main character, Ellen Adams, is a welfare nurse who visits throughout the neighborhood, helping those who are suffering from disease, hunger, ignorance, and unimaginable poverty. Ellen, a refreshingly modern character for a book published in 1932, laments the unfairness of life for those born in poverty, but never stops advocating for them, and even argues that social standards for young women should be no different from standards for young men. Not all the people Ellen tries to help can be saved, and she often feels helpless in the face of the poverty she sees, but woven in with the heartbreak is a rewarding love story that turns out just as it ought. Overall, a very good story.