By (author) Sarah Waters

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Paperback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 36mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1573229725
  • ISBN 13: 9781573229722
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 40,838

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Raised by a loving family of thieves, orphan Sue Trinder is sheltered from the worst of the Victorian underworld until it becomes her turn to make the clan's fortune. She must help a professional rogue named Gentleman marry an heiress and then steal the girl's inheritance by declaring her insane. Sue wants to please everyone, but as she's confronted with the seemingly helpless victim, Maud, she begins to have her doubts.

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Author information

Sarah Waters is the author of "Tipping the Velvet," a "New York Times "Notable Book; "Affinity," which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; "Fingersmith" and "The Night Watch," both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and "The Little Stranger," which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a "New York Times "Notable Book. She has also been named one of "Granta"'s best young British novelists. She lives in London.

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"Superb storytelling. Fingersmith is gripping; so suspenseful and twisting is the plot that for the last 250 pages, I read at breakneck speed."--USA Today "A deftly plotted thriller with two equally compelling heroines, orphans Sue Trinder and Maud Lilly. Manipulated by someone she knows only as Gentleman, Sue is sent to a country estate to work as Maud's maid and help him woo the simple heiress. The plot twists--then again and again--until one girl is in a terrifying insane asylum and another held captive. An absorbing and elegant story that's old-fashioned in the best way."--Entertainment Weekly "Oliver Twist with a twist: female and sexually aware...This is a Victorian novel the Victorians never dreamed of writing...Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses...She writes great Gothic, her descriptive skill augmented by an acute ear for dialogue...Dickens...would surely have blushed to read it."--The New York Times Book Review "A marvelous pleasure...Waters's noted attention to historical detail and her beautifully sensitive dialogue help to anchor the force-five plot twisters."--The Washington Post "What a deliciously brazen stunt Sarah Waters pulls off in this romantic thriller set in Victorian times...[A] first-rate pastiche of betrayed maidens and dastardly smiling villains...The erotic charge between Maud and Sue and the psychological games they play make Fingersmith a sophisticated treat."--Los Angeles Times "Addicted to its atmosphere and hung up on its plot, I've gulped it exhaustedly until 3am, only to sleep and dream that I was still caught among its urgent, unnerving characters...There are always novels that you envy people for not yet having read, for the pleasures they still have to come. Well, this is one. Long, dark, twisted and satisfying, it's a fabulous piece of writing, but Waters's most impressive achievement is that she also makes it feel less