A strong-willed 16-year-old girl fights for survival
in 18th-century North America.
Françoise Laurent has never had an easy life. The only surviving
child of a destitute washerwoman and wayward soldier, she must rely
only on herself to get by. When her parents die suddenly from the
smallpox ravishing New France, Françoise sees it as a chance to
escape the life she thought she was trapped in.
Seizing her newfound opportunity, Françoise takes a job as an
aide to the wife of a wealthy fur trader. The poverty-ridden world
she knew transforms into a strange new world full of privilege and
fine things -- and of never having to beg for food. But
Françoise''s relationships with the other servants in Madame
Pommereau''s house are tenuous, and Madame Pommereau isn''t an easy
woman to work for. When Françoise is caught stealing a pair of her
mistress''s beautiful gloves, she faces a future even worse than
she could have imagined: thrown in jail, she is sentenced to death
by hanging. Once again, Françoise is left to her own devices to
survive . . . Is she cunning enough to convince the prisoner in the
cell beside her to become the hangman and marry her, which, by law,
is the only thing that could save her life?
Based on an actual story and filled with illuminating historical
detail, The Hangman in the Mirror
transports readers to the harsh landscape of a new land that is
filled with even harsher class divisions and injustices.