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The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

McClelland & Stewart | September 2, 2014 | Hardcover

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A truly extraordinary, masterful novel of brilliant storytelling, sensuality, and psychological suspense set in post-WWI London, from the internationally bestselling author of The Little Stranger. Three-time Booker Prize finalist Sarah Waters is at the height of her powers.
     A psychological and dramatic tour de force from beloved international bestseller Sarah Waters. The year is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as Mrs Wray and her daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers.
     With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, the routines of the house and the lives of its inhabitants will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach.
     Waters proves once again that her eye for the telling details of class and character that draw people together as well as tear them apart is second to none in this masterpiece of psychological tension and emotional depth.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1.7 in

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771089414

ISBN - 13: 9780771089411

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The Paying Guests

by Sarah Waters

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 pages, 9.3 × 6.4 × 1.7 in

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771089414

ISBN - 13: 9780771089411

From the Publisher

A truly extraordinary, masterful novel of brilliant storytelling, sensuality, and psychological suspense set in post-WWI London, from the internationally bestselling author of The Little Stranger. Three-time Booker Prize finalist Sarah Waters is at the height of her powers.
     A psychological and dramatic tour de force from beloved international bestseller Sarah Waters. The year is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as Mrs Wray and her daughter Frances are obliged to take in lodgers.
     With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, the routines of the house and the lives of its inhabitants will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far, and how devastatingly, the disturbances will reach.
     Waters proves once again that her eye for the telling details of class and character that draw people together as well as tear them apart is second to none in this masterpiece of psychological tension and emotional depth.

About the Author

SARAH WATERS was born in Wales in 1966 and lives in London. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and has lectured for the Open University. Waters is the author of five previous novels. Tipping The Velvet won the Betty Trask Award and Affinity won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Fingersmith was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the CWA Historical Dagger prize before earning Waters three 2003 Author of the Year awards. The Night Watch was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Little Stranger was published to rave reviews around the world, was an immediate bestseller in Canada and the UK, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Visit her at www.sarahwaters.com.

Editorial Reviews

“One of the year’s most suspenseful novels . . .  a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending.” —Entertainment Weekly (A)   “Brings to mind the dark and ominous atmosphere of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca . . . . Waters’s skilful mastery of detail and atmosphere brings the suspenseful tale to life.” —Winnipeg Free Press   “Perhaps Waters’s most impressive accomplishment is the authentic feel she achieves, . . . the story appears not merely to be about the novel’s time but to have been written by someone living in that time.” New York Times Book Review “Sarah Waters is, quite simply, a marvellous writer. . . . [ The Paying Guests ] is beautifully imagined. . . . It speaks to history, to identity, and to the basic human desire to be seen not for what you appear to be, but for who you truly are. It is also a story of triumphant love . . .” —Alison Pick, in the Globe and Mail   “Marvellous – warm and hot and tender and terrible. . . . Because the plot is so absorbing, and the turns so delicious, it only seeps in slowly how much attention each of [the characters] is paying to their desire and how these wants, as is their wont, reveal everything.” — National Post   “Waters is so confident – and, line by line, her writing so beautiful, precise and polished – that she sweeps all before her. . . . [I was] helplessl
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