The Lodger

The Lodger

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Dorothy Richardson is existing just above the poverty line, doing secretarial work at a dentist's office and living in a seedy boarding house in Bloomsbury, when she is invited to spend the weekend with a childhood friend. Jane has recently married a writer who is hovering on the brink of fame. His name is H.G. Wells, or Bertie, as they call him. Bertie appears unremarkable at first. But then Dorothy notices his grey-blue eyes taking her in, openly signalling approval. He tells her he and Jane have an agreement which allows them the freedom to take lovers, although Dorothy can tell her friend would not be happy with that arrangement. Not wanting to betray Jane, yet unable to draw back, Dorothy free-falls into an affair with Bertie. Then a new boarder arrives at the house--beautiful Veronica Leslie-Jones--and Dorothy finds herself caught between Veronica and Bertie. Amidst the personal dramas and wreckage of a militant suffragette march, Dorothy finds her voice as a writer. The Lodger is a beautifully intimate novel that is at once an introduction to one of the most important writers of the 20th century and a compelling story of one woman tormented by unconventional desires"--
Publisher: New York :, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781466852655
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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ChristchurchLib Jan 20, 2015

Living in a shabby boarding house in Bloomsbury and eking out a meager living as a secretary, Dorothy Richardson jumps at the chance to visit her former schoolmate, Jane, at the home she shares with her new husband, H.G. Wells (better known as "Bertie"). Despite her affection for her friend, Dorothy finds herself drawn to Bertie; their mutual attraction culminates in an affair that will prove to be life-changing for Dorothy. Based on the life of modernist writer Dorothy Richardson, who pioneered the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative technique in the 1910s, The Lodger examines some of the obstacles faced by women pursuing personal and artistic freedom at a time when they had few, if any, civil rights. Historical Fiction January 2015 newsletter.

Jan 19, 2015

Dorothy's narcissism abounds! The supposed "heroine" wastes the time of the reader.

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