The Servants' Quarters
By Lynn Freed
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547336039, 216pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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In her new setting, she is conscripted to enliven Harding's nephew, the hopelessly timid Edgar, to make him "wild and daring." She takes on this task with resentful fury, leading the boy astray and, in the process, learning to manipulate the disparities of power, class, and ambition. All the while, Harding himself is watching her. And waiting.
"The Servants' Quarters," a complex and sophisticated love story, evokes a vanishing world of privilege with a Pygmalion twist. It is, as Amy Tan said, "Freed's best novel yet."
- Cressida begins by telling us that she was singled out as the scapegoat in her family. Is she right? How do the other characters cope with being “punished” by fate?