Affinity

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Penguin, Jan 1, 2002 - Fiction - 351 pages
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“Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative…This is gripping, astute fiction that feeds the mind and senses.”— The Seattle Times

An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by on apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a séance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own.

As in her noteworthy deput, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters brilliantly evokes the sights and smells of a moody and beguiling nineteenth-century London, and proves herself yet again a storyteller, in the words of the New York Times Book Review, of "startling power."

  

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Review: Affinity

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

What a plodding bore! And by such an excellent novelist! The plotting is original. but the language plods along with repetitious details, such as how often do we have to hear about doses of Chloral ... Read full review

Review: Affinity

User Review  - Celine - Goodreads

When I started this book, I had no idea how sad Affinity would make me. Because it does, and it has, for at least two days even after finishing the book. Affinity is the tale Margaret, a young lady ... Read full review

Contents

3 August 1873
1
Part One
5
24 September 1874
7
2 September 1872
31
30 September 1874
32
30 September 1872
53
2 October 1874
56
12 October 1872
72
10 November 1874
202
14 November 1874
205
10 March 1873
218
21 November 1874
220
23 November 1874
224
2 April 1873
231
28 November 1874
234
2 December 1874
242

15 October 1874
75
3 November 1872
92
17 October 1874
96
25 November 1872
104
21 October 1874
105
26 November 1872
118
Part Two
123
23 October 1874
125
28 October 1874
157
17 December 1872
171
2 November 1874
176
25 January 1873
191
Part Three
197
5 November 1874
199
26 May 1873
260
11 December 1874
263
30 May 1873
281
Part Four
283
21 December 1874
285
24 December 1874
291
14 June 1873
301
15 January 1875
302
Part Five
319
21 January 1875
321
1 August 1873
352
Acknowledgements
353
Copyright

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Sarah Waters is the author of Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize; and The Little Stranger, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award and a New York Times Notable Book. She has also been named one of Granta's best young British novelists. She lives in London.

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