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Fingersmith
Sarah Waters
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Summary: #147;Oliver Twist with a twist#133;Waters spins an absorbing tale that withholds as much as it discloses. A pulsating story."#151; The New York Times Book Review 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#151;fingersmiths#151;for whom this house in the heart of a mean London slum is home. One day, the most beloved thief of all arrives#151;Gentleman, an elegant con man, who carries with him an enticing proposition for Sue: If she wins a position as the maid to Maud Lilly, a naïve 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 disposed of#151;passed off as mad, and madenbsp;to live out the rest of her days in a lunatic asylum. 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 reversals


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main characters Sue Trinder
Female
Age: 17
Orphan
Raised by Grace to be a pickpocket.
Thief

Grace Sucksby
Female
Adoptive mother
Raises discarded infants to become petty thieves.

Richard Rivers, aka "Gentleman"
Male
Con man

Maud Lilly
Female
Age: Young adult
Wealthy
Innocent; naive.



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