Title: The Dress Lodger
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.
NEAR FINE/FINE unread copy protected by Archival Brodart cover. Faint stain on top. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000486
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Gustine is a "dress lodger", a young prostitute who rents a beautiful dress from her landlord to attract a higher class of clientele. Surgeon Henry Chiver is a prisoner of his own past and is looking to start over.
Doctor and dress lodger come together in the filthy, cholera-infected East End of Sunderland. Here, during the worst epidemic since the bubonic plague, Gustine secures bodies for the doctor's school in exchange for medical care for her ailing child. The arrangement is gruesome but profitable for both until Henry's greed and his growing obsession with her child challenge Gustine's loyalty to him. In order to save her child, Gustine must beg for help from her chief enemy -- a malevolent old woman known only as the Eye.
Ribald, irreverent, heartbreaking and horrifying, "The Dress Lodger" is a Dickensian tour de force.
Product Description: In a novel set in the filth and depravity of London's mean streets during the Industrial Revolution, a prostitute borrows a blue dress to attract a higher class of client and is shadowed through the streets by an evil old woman hired by the dress' owner to keep an eye on her.
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