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Dusty Book: The Crimson Petal and The White

In Michel Faber’s stunning saga The Crimson Petal and the White,  ambitious prostitute Sugar navigates the seedy underbelly of Victorian London in pursuit of a better life.

The starred Booklist review called it “breathtaking,” and noted that “The large themes that intertwine the characters with one another—religion, health, sexuality, death, and, reluctantly, love—are juxtaposed against the most minute and intimate details of Victorian life, everything from how a prostitute douches to the ways God whispers inside the heads of His flock. This massive work is startling and absorbing. Readers will not soon forget the richly drawn world into which they have been enticed.”The Crimson Petal & The White

The book has just been made into a miniseries, as well, which comes out today on DVD.   I remember when the book came out, I finished it in a weekend—all 848 pages—because I simply could not get enough of the drama, intrigue, and fabulous characters that Faber had created.  I’m sure I’ll be hooked in a similar fashion with the DVD!

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Rebecca Vnuk is the editor for Collection Management and Library Outreach at Booklist. She is also the author of 3 reader’s-advisory nonfiction books: Read On…Women’s Fiction (2009), Women’s Fiction: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (2014), and Women’s Fiction Authors: A Research Guide (2009). Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_RVnuk.

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