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On the streets of the Bowery, you do whatever it takes to survive. This is the story of two "Bowery girls"--the pickpocket Mollie Flynn and the prostitute Annabelle Lee, young women without family or education who must fend for themselves.Two young women whose survival depends on each other. After a chance encounter with Emmeline DuPre, a "Do-Gooder" who has recently opened a settlement house, Mollie and Annabelle are given the opportunity to better themselves. But the city offers many temptations the girls must overcome. This vibrant, carefully researched novel shows how much--and how little--our world has changed.