Charity Girl During World War I, young women thought to have sexually transmitted diseases were seen as a threat to the war effort and forced into quarantine.… Charity Girl During World War I, young women thought to have sexually transmitted diseases were seen as a threat to the war effort and forced into quarantine.… 2007-01-03 Fiction Houghton Mifflin
Book Review

Charity Girl (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Jan 03, 2007; Writer: Michael Lowenthal; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

During World War I, young women thought to have sexually transmitted diseases were seen as a threat to the war effort and forced into quarantine. In Charity Girl, Michael Lowenthal's flawed historical novel, 17-year-old Frieda Mintz has just landed a job at a Boston department store. After the ''Committee on Prevention of Social Evils Surrounding Military Camps'' accuses her of infecting a soldier, she's sent to a medical detainment camp. But the story never compels. It's not that the events are far-fetched — in today's political climate, they're all to easy to believe — it's that the characters, Frieda included, are so wooden.

Originally posted Dec 12, 2006