Crimson Petal and the White
By Michel Faber
(Canongate Books, Paperback, 9780857860019)
Publication Date: April 2011
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At the heart of this panoramic, multidimensional narrative is the compelling struggle of a young woman to lift her body and soul out of the gutter. Faber leads readers back to 1870s London, where Sugar, a 19-year-old whore in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, yearns for escape to a better life.