Archive for February, 2020

THE GIRLS with NO NAMES: a novel by Serena Burdick

February 3rd, 2020

The Girls with No Names is a beautiful tale of hope, courage and sisterhood, inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules.  Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as young women, their freedoms come with limits.   Luella, the brazen older sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases.  Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone.  Effie suspects that her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy & hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister.

Selena Burdick expertly weaves together the stories of women affected by the asylum, telling a mesmerizing tale of strength, subterfuge, and the unbreakable bond between sisters.  This atmospheric, heartwarming story explores not only the historical House of Mercy, but the lives-and secrets-of the girls who stayed there.  A spellbinding thriller.


GPL: F Burdick