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Fingersmith is the third slice of engrossing lesbian Victoriana from Sarah Waters. Although lighter and more melodramatic in tone than its predecessor, Affinity, this hypnotic suspense novel is awash with all manner of gloomy Dickensian leitmotifs: pickpockets, orphans, grim prisons, lunatic asylums, "laughing villains," and, of course, "stolen fortunes and girls made out to be mad." Divided into three parts, the tale is narrated by two orphaned girls whose lives are inextricably linked. Waters's penchant for byzantine plotting can get a bit exhausting, but even at its densest moments--and remember, this is smoggy London circa 1862--it remains mesmerizing. A damning critique of Victorian moral and sexual hypocrisy, a gripping melodrama, and a love story to boot, this book ingeniously reworks some truly classic themes. --Travis Elborough, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In Victorian London, the orphaned Sue Trinder is raised by Mrs. Sucksby, den mother to a family of thieves, or "fingersmiths." To repay Mrs. Sucksby's kindness, Sue gets involved in a scam but soon regrets it. From the award-winning author of Tipping the Velvet.
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A compelling and sly tale of women and the society that tries to suppress them. Thieves, or fingersmiths, abound in this story. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Julia A. Fulton
This is now my all-time favorite book. The copy that I bought had almost six hundred pages and I read the whole thing in one day because I could not put it down. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Emili
A great book and a good insight into 18th and 19th century London.Published 8 days ago by Lindsay Barker
There are so many layers to this complex and exciting story. I loved it! One of Sarah Waters's best!Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read several books by Sarah Waters and this is my favorite so far. A good mystery with the style of Dickens. The twists keep coming. I highly recommend this.Published 17 days ago by Dr. Jackie
I probably should have listened to the 40 page rule on this one. There was one very good plot twist but the plot dragged quite a bit.Published 21 days ago by Danielle Lee
I recently discovered this author and enjoyed a couple other of her books so I downloaded this one. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! What a great story and so well written. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Maureen G.
Victorian twists and turns. I love this book so much. Read it now, your life will be better for it.Published 28 days ago by Paloma Reads