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The Dress Lodger

A book by Sheri Holman

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Historical fiction writing at its best

  • Jul 12, 2000
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If you wanted to be a surgeon in the early part of the 19th century, how would you receive training in anatomy? That's the crux of this very well-written, historical novel. The author paints what appears to be an accurate poicture of time and place, and her characters are well-drawn, even the minor ones. This is a somewhat sorrowful story, but a chilling cautionary tale that reveals how advances in medical science came about in times when class warfare and suspicion were the rule, rather than the exception. It's not a pretty book by any means, but worth reading to learn the way of life of 175 years ago in a town ravaged by cholera morbus.

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review by . June 28, 2010
   This book brought out a lot of emotions for me. It is not a leisurely read.  The book is set in 19th century Sunderland, England during the first cholera pandemic. Gustine is a teenager of 15 who has been forced into two worlds that even adults have no place. During the day she works 12 hours in a clay factory and at night as a lady of the night.      Her job at night is dictated by her landlord/pimp. He lives his life completely as a Machiavellian. Using Gustine …
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Sheri Holman skillfully uses her considerable talent to expose the ugly face of grinding poverty. A cholera epidemic is spreading rapidly in 18th Century England, the first of many such plagues. Preying primarily on the poor, the authorities are unable to isolate the cause. A central and most poignant character is Gustine, a potter's apprentice by day and a "Dress Lodger" by night.     A Dress Lodger is a young woman hired by a slum landlord, chosen from his boarding house patrons, …
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ISBN-10: 0871137534
ISBN-13: 978-0871137531
Author: Sheri Holman
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Pr; 1st edition (January 2000)

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