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Fingersmith
SARAH WATERS

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
219 reviews (2002) (592p)
Man Booker Prize Finalist

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Book Description
In Victorian England, an orphan girl is sent to a country estate to work for-and ultimately woo-its young heiress, on behalf of a mysterious benefactor known as Gentleman.


Amazon.com Review
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


Other Award Winning Books by Sarah Waters
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
1902 reviews (2014) (576p) (Amazon Top100) (NYT100) (Amazon Top10Lit) (WP Top10) (Hudson Fiction) (Amazon)
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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
219 reviews (2009) (480p) (Booker)
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Affinity by Sarah Waters
109 reviews (2000) (351p) (Amazon)
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Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
176 reviews (1999) (472p) (Amazon)
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Sarah Waters Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 2  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 2  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 0  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 0  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 2 Fingersmith · The Little Stranger ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 0  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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