Mary Ann’s April Recommendation

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

the paying guests

Mary Ann says:  “Frances Wray lost two brothers in World War I.  She and her mother have to rent rooms in their London home to make ends meet.  A young couple from a ‘lower class’ move in.  Fine character development and vivid atmosphere.  Some of the reviews reveal too much about the eyebrow-raising plot points, so don’t read them before the book.”

3 Similar Reads

Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue – “Donoghue shows her mastery of eighteenth-century England and epic storytelling in this first novel about a young woman named Mary Saunders, who was born poor and destined to remain so. Taking as her premise the true crimes of the real-life Mary Saunders, Donoghue paints a colorful and complex life led amid the dirt and filth of lower-class London streets.” – Booklist

So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell – “On an Illinois farm in the 1920s, a man is murdered, and in the same moment the tenuous friendship between two lonely boys comes to an end. In telling their interconnected stories, American Book Award winner William delivers a masterfully restrained and magically evocative meditation on the past.” – Summary from publisher

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932:  A Novel by Francine Prose – “A richly imagined and stunningly inventive story of love, art, and betrayal in Paris of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.” – Summary from publisher

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