2014: 83. The Paying Guest

"The Barbers had said they would arrive by three."

The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters

This I just whole heartedly enjoyed.  It's classic Waters (which is to say, yes, there are lesbians), and it's well written, and there is a murder, and it takes place in the aftermath of WWI, and has a lot of great stuff about how the War affected the survivors (which is basically my favorite topic) and I enjoyed every single word.

It's 1922, and Frances Wray and her mother can no longer afford their genteel home in the suburbs unless they take in boarders - the paying guests of the title.  When the Barbers move in, they aren't quite of the Wrays class, but Frances, while loathing the husband, begins to find her self fascinated with the wife…

To tell more is to ruin the fun, but it's classic Waters - well written, good feel for the period, great characters, particularly Frances, who is balancing a lot here - her anger at her Father for leaving them in this situation, financially, the loss of her brothers, and, of course, the knowledge that she not like other girls.  If you like Waters, you'll like this, and if you haven't read any Waters, this would be a good one to start with.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017