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Fiction, Literature

The Dress Lodger epub ebook

by Sheri Holman

The Dress Lodger epub ebook

Author: Sheri Holman
Category: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc (June 1, 2000)
Pages: 471 pages
ISBN: 1568958803
ISBN13: 978-1568958804
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 183
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The Dress Lodger is as unsettling as it is brilliant. Holman attempts Herculean feats of plot and character, and the resulting novel is seamlessly crafted and deserving of wide acclaim and readership.

The Dress Lodger is as unsettling as it is brilliant. The Washington Post Book World. The Dress Lodger is not just a first-rate entertainment but a moving, enlightening one as well. San Francisco Chronicle. In The Dress Lodger, Sheri Holman brings to new realms the ambition and gusto she exhibited so dazzlingly in her debut novel, A Stolen Tongue.

The Dress Lodger book. Sheri Holman’s novel is one of those rare pieces of historical fiction which thrust you so completely into another time, another place, that the modern world-with all its bright, sparkly conveniences-melts away. You’ll feel the mud, you’ll smell the rotting wharf life, you’ll taste the bitter cholera on your tongue. You’ll also want to Turn the pages of The Dress Lodger and you’re turning the dial on a time machine. Destination: England, 1831.

It’s a subtle thing, a matter of ten idle minutes, no more than that; barely the time it takes for Audrey to bid Pink farewell, take up her blankets, and lose herself in the next needy family. nly, to a girl whose day is circumscribed only by millinery appointments and piano lessons, ten minutes would not seem to be a great deal of time, but to Gustine working at Garrison, ten minutes is an eternity

Sheri Holman is an American novelist and screenwriter.

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The Dress Lodger is engrossing historical fiction. As in the best of its genre, Sheri Holman's atmospheric, miasmic tale set in cholera-stricken Sunderland, England, circa 1831 is based on fact

The Dress Lodger is engrossing historical fiction. As in the best of its genre, Sheri Holman's atmospheric, miasmic tale set in cholera-stricken Sunderland, England, circa 1831 is based on fact.

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The Dress Lodger, a cunning historical thriller charged with a distinctly modern voice, is the book that launched Sheri Holman into bestsellerdom

The Dress Lodger, a cunning historical thriller charged with a distinctly modern voice, is the book that launched Sheri Holman into bestsellerdom. In Sunderland, England, a city quarantined by the cholera epidemic of 1831, Gustine, a defiant fifteen-year-old beauty in an elegant blue dress rented from. It is a gruesome job that will soon threaten the very things she’s working so hard to protect.

In Sunderland, England, a city quarantined by the cholera epidemic of 1831, a defiant, fifteen-year old beauty in an elegant blue dress makes her way between shadow and lamp light. A potter's assistant by day and dress lodger by night, Gustine sells herself for necessity in a rented gown, scrimping to feed and protect her only love: her fragile baby boy. She holds a glimmer of hope after meeting Dr. Henry Chiver, a prisoner of his own dark past.

The Washington Post Book World Holman seduces yo.

The Washington Post Book World Holman seduces you. Her prose, tart, racy and somber, will sing in your soul a long while. Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes Holman’s style is risky and direct. with unflinching emotional precision. Sheri Holman grew up in rural Virginia and now lives with her husband and three children in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of The Dress Lodger, a national bestseller nominated for an IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and The Mammoth Cheese.

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Reviews (7)
What an amazing book, completely different than anything I’ve read in a long time. The atmosphere is very Dickensian: bleak poverty, landlords taking advantage of orphans and widows, endless hardship and labor, juxtaposed by wealthy landowners and greed. There is a cholera outbreak and the city’s poor make up the majority of the casualties. An odd friendship develops between a young prostitute and a disgraced doctor in need of anatomy cadavers by which to teach his students. This makes up the basis of the story with many other minor characters rounding out the plot. And the narrator jumps in now and again to give us a broader view of things, which I thought was brilliantly done, very clever and creative.

Wow. By the end I was moved by the story more than I thought I would be when I started the book. Several reviewers have noted the nontraditional narrative style. I was also irritated by it at first but then just got used to it. Some parts of the story made me think of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- how the poor were always taken advantage of in the name of scientific advancement. Cholera defined the 19th century, the narrator stated, and this story brings to life the deadly effects of a then unstoppable disease. I recommend this book to those who love historical fiction with a strong anchor in actual events.

This book was a very well written and honest description of a period in english history when cholera had everybody in a panic but no one knew what it was. It is also a period when medicine was staring to develop but ofter doctors needed to rob graves to get bodies to teach their students. The main characters were all trapped in circumstances on their class and history and very honestly pot rayed. I was hopping it would like a tragedy where the characters were able to raise above their circumstances, but it was not the authors vision. Truthfully, this is not often the case with life. I will try some of this authors other books in the future because I noticed from reading other reviews, she seems to have a very loyal following

Second time through. I read it when it came out and it stayed on my brain. Terrific story.

If you love to read gory, detailed stories about disease and misery in Victorian England, this book is for you.

This book is written from the frame of reference of the victims. It has a fractured flow, jumping between various subplots that don't seem all that related until they all tie up at the end with the cholera epidemic hitting a exponential increase of victims. I found it hard to stick with it and concentrate. It is just mysterious enough to keep you reading in in lots of little bites. It took me days to get through it & I am generally a speedy reader.

It is very dark. Very explicit. There are grave robbers & body snatchers and detailed discussions of the early teachings of anatomy through human dissection.

The book centers on the lives of the poor and has a very Dickens-like atmosphere.

It is just not my type of book. But it just might be yours!

150 years from today, someone may write about our era and readers will be astounded at the squalor in which we now exist. We are, for the most part, blithely unaware of it; or we take it as "how life is." This is what Sheri Holman has most successfully conveyed about her characters in THE DRESS LODGER. She writes of life as it was, or must have been, with no shades drawn.
The main character, Gustine, is a young prostitute or "dress lodger" by night. She rents a fancy blue dress from her landlord/pimp to attract a higher-class clientele. By day, she is a potter's assistant. Work is no stranger and she scrimps and saves to provide for her infant son. Gustine's life span coincides exactly with the onset of Cholera Morbus in Western Europe to its extinction in the latter part of the century.
The book is narrated much like an Ancient Greek play, at times, with a chorus of dead voices telling the story. This might be somewhat disconcerting to some readers, but I personally found it an excellent vehicle in which to convey the quiet dark horrors of the times. If you are looking for a romance novel, don't expect it here. If, however, you don't mind getting your fingernails dirty while you're scraping through the filth of 1830's England, or biting those same nails in reading of what becomes of Gustine and her extraordinary baby, then this is the book for you.

I'm not sure why this author is not a household name. She deserves to be.
Very rarely does a voice come along that reminds the reader of greats such as Dickens, Sinclair, and Betty Smith (author of "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"). Even more rarely does a voice emerge that resounds like the voices of past great authors but that also shines with a distinct flavor of its own.
This is one such voice.
Told in second person, present tense, but never intimidating or "artsy", this writer's prose weaves back and forth between characters and situations, yet always keeps the reader as an intimate confidant.
I don't want to say too much more for fear of spoiling this amazing book, which is surely one of the top ten books in the historical drama genre. All I can say is -- read this book, think about this book, discuss this book; support this fabulous new author to become as famous as she deserves.

I liked the history. I wasn't crazy about the narrative and some of the odder paths the story took.
I think the author is extremely talented.

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