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Sarah Waters mixes crime and romantic strangers in 'Paying Guests'
Sarah Waters mixes crime and romantic strangers in 'Paying Guests'

Sarah Waters seems to revel in 19th and 20th century British history as a dolphin does in water: Her literary depictions of domestic life, manners, architecture, class structure, the weight of war and the volatility of love all appear as effortless as they are beautifully executed. Her novels "Tipping the Velvet," "Affinity" and "Fingersmith" featured Victorian London as backdrop; "The Night Watch" leaped forward to England during the Blitz of World War II. All delved into lesbian relationships and female friendships, with complex yet sympathetic characters as memorable as any in recent fiction. Her previous book, "The Little Stranger," was...

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