My Notorious Life is one of “6 Books That Make Time Stand Still” at “O the Oprah Magazine”


My Notorious Life excerpt in the Chicago Tribune

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NPR’s Studio 360
Interview with Kurt Anderson on NPR.

The Washington Post
“Rac[ing] along the back alleys and posh avenues of Manhattan…Axie’s fiery story [keeps] burning right to the end.
–Ron Charles, Book World

“O” the Oprah Magazine
“[A] daring page-turner…Manning’s meticulously researched novel is both historical and astonishingly current.”

The New York Times Book Review
“Manning’s novel is based on the life of Ann Lohman, a New York City midwife… its historical setting and language [are] densely and effectively styled.”

Real Simple
An “inspiring, thought-provoking work of historical fiction [that] is a testament to the strength of the human spirit…Axie is fascinating…I couldn’t get enough of her.”

Publishers Weekly (*Starred* Review)
“Manning paints a vivid portrait of this daring yet deeply compassionate woman who is willing to flout convention and defy the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights..”

The Nation
“It has taken more than a 100 years for Madame Restell to find a champion, but Kate Manning’s rich and vivid novel… is worth the wait. My Notorious Life belongs on the shelf with other novels of the female picaresque, a genre that includes Moll Flanders and Fear of Flying.” –Katha Pollitt

Kirkus Reviews
“A rollicking romp through 19th-century American contraception inspired by the true story of a Manhattan midwife… highlight[s] controversies regarding ‘reproductive health’ that are still raging today. Axie’s profane Irish brogue is vividly recreated… her voice never fails to entertain.”

Amazon.com Fall 2013 Editors’ Picks
“Kate Manning’s My Notorious Life, is a big, fat, fierce novel…Historically detailed, politically astute but never preachy, it begins with a scene so provocative we dare you to try to stop reading.”
–Sara Nelson, Omnivoracious, Amazon Editor’s Blog

Read the 1st Chapter here:

Interview With Amazon’s Sara Nelson

The Los Angeles Times
Q & A With Carolyn Kellogg

The Daily Beast
“‘Call the Midwife, Old New York Style…A rollicking pace and enough elements of romance and intrigue to give it a book-clubby feel. Come for the notoriety, stay for the sympathy.”

The Huffington Post
My Notorious Life is a Dickensian reading experience. Axie Muldoon is a heroine and a half, and I cheered her on every page.” –Jesse Kornbluth

The Santa Fe New Mexican
“Unabashedly a tale of women’s lives and reproductive rights and history,
it’s also a fairy tale of New York…”

The London Sunday Times
“Manning’s sophisticated, intelligent novel is brought to life by the vivid voice in which her central character tells her own story.”

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Interview
Kate Manning in Conversation With Jenni Murray
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The Bookseller (UK)
“Impossible to put down… A fully-fleshed story, emotive without being mawkish, and full of historical detail without being stodgy. Inspired by a true story, it will leave you wanting to research everything you’ve read.”

Stylist (UK)
“Kate Manning deals with this taboo topic with an admirable lightness of touch and yes–humour. Real, laugh-out-loud-on-the-bus moments…. there’s a whiff of magical realism in the rollicking vernacular of [the] narrator… The snappy dialogue romps along like a screwball comedy… Madame… is a fiery, confident woman who thrives in a male-dominated world… Based on the real story of New York midwife Ann Trow Lohman, this is a historically important read…. We were riveted by (this) real-life rags-to-riches tale, thanks to a cast of colorful characters and the magnificently feisty Madame X herself.”

Elle (UK)
“A gripping tale told in a fiery, compelling voice.”

The Historical Novel Society
My Notorious Life is a humorous but often heartbreaking look at New York’s forgotten ones… Manning deftly captures the abject despair of poverty and the dazzling glitter of the Gilded Age. The hypocrisy of late 19th-century America is always present and rendered brilliantly through the people who come to Axie for help, as well as those who seek to destroy her. There are aspects of social commentary woven into the narrative – some might even say that they are applicable to modern times – but the plot itself shines the brightest and should be enjoyed. My Notorious Life is highly recommended and not to be missed.”
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Metro (UK)
“A glorious, grotty version of Call the Midwife set in the backstreets of nineteenth-century New York and starring a rambunctious heroine called Axie Muldoon, My Notorious Life is an angry, colourful page-turner … Vividly weaving together stories about life, birth, death, love and family, Kate Manning conveys the terrible choices faced by the pregnant women who sought out Axie. Fiery, indomitable Axie herself is a wonderful, memorable character struggling to reunite her family and do her best for the women who need her.”

ABC Radio National Australia
Books & Arts Daily

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The Australian Women’s Weekly
“It is impossible not to be drawn into Kate Manning’s triumphant tale of one of New York City’s most controversial 19th century figures.”