The Paying Guests
The Paying Guests
By Sarah Waters
Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594633119, 576pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Superb, bewitching Forget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of the most sensual you will ever read, and all without sacrificing either good taste or a "G" rating NPR
One of the year's most engrossing and suspenseful novels a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending Will keep you sleepless for three nights straight and leave you grasping for another book that can sustain that high. Entertainment Weekly (A rating)
Volcanically sexy, sizzingly smart, plenty bloody and just plain irresistible." USA Today (4 stars)
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the clerk class, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances's life or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters's finest achievement yet.
NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in. More at NPR.org
Sarah Waters' latest novel, set in 1920s London, examines the moral consequences of passion. Though slightly too long, this book brings the past to life with exquisite clarity. More at NPR.org
Sarah Waters' spellbinding novel â�� about two women in 1920s London â�� is no simple period piece. Waters is a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood. More at NPR.org