** spoiler alert **
The book follows the lives of Miss Eliza Farren (an esteemed actress of theatre) and Miss Anne Damer (a young widow and the only sculptress of her time). Miss Anne Damer is a talented artist with a tainted reputation because she was accused of being a Sapphist. The story revolves about these two and how their friendship hurts them both.
I think this is the book that took me the longest to read.
I didn't find the book convincing of the time period it was supposed to portray. The writer used words such as "awesome" and "stylish" to make her point. The book was too lengthy making the story dry as the result.
Surely the writer has so much praise for her previous book "Slammerkin" that this newer one falls too short.
Emma Donoghue writes "everyone while awake was in the same world, but that all of them, while asleep, were in worlds of their own". She certainly leaves readers out of her world with this book.