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The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman
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Jun 04, 12

Read from May 26 to 31, 2012

This book is not one that is cheerful or easy to think about all the time, but it is one that lingers with you and will be remembered long after it is gone. The book reminded me of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in the way that it showed how poor people had been used and lied to in the name of medical progress and yet we all needed the information that was gained by the abuses. There is a lot of reason to care about the people in the dress lodger, but very little reason to hope for a happy ending for them. The life of a teenage mother/pottery worker/prostitute in a quarantined city where even the poorest jobs are shutting down and cholera is coming, is not a life filled with hope. The narrator of this story however is fresh and interesting, although by the end you realize that fresh isn't quite the right word.

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