THE PAYING GUESTSThis historical novel by Sarah Waters is inviting, seductive, mysterious, extremely attentive to detail, and densely stuffed with dilemmas about desire.

The story begins with deceptive simplicity: a British mother and her only surviving relation, her daughter, are unable to make ends meet, so they take in a married couple as “paying guests.”

Very quickly, things become complicated. Then: more complicated.

I won’t spoil it. Enjoy.


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