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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lackawanna County Library System.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Albright Memorial Library FICTION WATE (Text) 50686011941486 Stacks Available -
Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library FICTION WATERS (Text) 50686013414615 Main Floor Available -

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  • ISBN: 1573229725
  • ISBN: 9781573229722
  • Physical Description: 582 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: Riverhead trade paperback.
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2002]

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Sue Trinder is an orphan, left as an infant in the care of Mrs. Sucksby, a "baby farmer," who raised her with unusual tenderness, as if Sue were her own. Mrs. Sucksby's household, with its fussy babies calmed with doses of gin, also hosts a transient family of petty thieves-fingersmiths-for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives-Gentleman, a somewhat elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naìˆve gentlewoman, and aids Gentleman in her seduction, then they will all share in Maud's vast inheritance. Once the inheritance is secured, Maud will be left to live out her days in a mental hospital. With dreams of paying back the kindness of her adopted family, Sue agrees to the plan. Once in, however, Sue begins to pity her helpless mark and care for Maud Lilly in unexpected ways ... But no one and nothing is as it seems in this Dickensian novel of thrills and surprises. --Publisher.
Awards Note:
Lambda Literary Award, 2002
Subject: London (England) > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Inheritance and succession > Fiction.
Swindlers and swindling > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
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