Brat has only known a life of hardship. She has never known her parents, and lives by working, or begging, for food. She usually sleeps outdoors, keeping warm by sleeping in a dung heap. That is where the village midwife finds her. Brat is kept by the midwife as a servant, cleaning the house, caring for animals, and running errands. No job is too disgusting, but Brat is happy to be warm and well-fed. Bit by bit, Brat learns the midwife's tricks of the trade, and, when the midwife is called away, Brat manages a difficult delivery, and earns the village's admiration. She decides she is worthy of a better name and a better life. Will she earn the place she feels she deserves? Will she ever find someone who loves her for herself?
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Date read: 4/13/2009