The lodger

by Treger, Louisa,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Fiction Collection FICTION Treger
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Treger
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Treger

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 signaling 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.

Louisa Treger's 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This biographical novel about author Dorothy Richardson (1873-1957) vividly depicts the lot of a single working woman in London circa 1906. Working for a pittance as a dental assistant and rooming in a ramshackle boardinghouse, Dorothy is, at times, gripped with a deep fear about her future. Her clothes are shabby and she often goes hungry, but she revels in the sights and sounds of cosmopolitan London, which gives her an invaluable sense of freedom. She reconnects with her childhood friend, Jane, and Jane's new husband, Bertie (aka H. G. Wells), who pamper her with sumptuous meals and long walks at their country house. She is soon entirely mesmerized by Bertie's intellect and impish nature, and when he presses her for a sexual relationship, she gives in, despite her guilt about betraying her longtime friend. But Bertie opens up a new intellectual world to Dorothy, one that gives her the impetus to become a writer. In her first novel, Treger vividly depicts the allure of forbidden love and the bravery of a woman who is utterly alone in the world yet unafraid of exploring her creativity.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this intriguing blend of fact and fiction, Treger's debut novel explores the socially unacceptable loves of little-read author Dorothy Richardson in early 20th-century London. Still haunted by guilt over her mother's suicide, Dorothy lives in a shabby boarding house at the seedy edge of Bloomsbury, barely supporting herself as a dentist's assistant. In 1906, she meets and succumbs to the intelligence, eloquence, and admiration of H.G. Wells, the husband of an old school friend. Initially repelled by Wells's scientific certainty and hesitant to betray her friend, Dorothy nevertheless capitulates to his sexual and literary urgings. The varied responses of her well drawn landlady, Mrs. Baker, and fellow boarders-Russian Jewish emigre Benjamin, Canadian Dr. Weber, and suffragette Veronica Leslie-Jones-both clarify and complicate Dorothy's life. While deftly examining moods ranging from exhilaration to sexual longing to despair to shame, Treger uses Dorothy's increasing confidence as a writer and eventual ability to "banish her narrator entirely"-that is, those narrative conventions of the day that she was convinced were "simply an expression of the vision, fantasies, and experiences of men"-as a metaphor for Dorothy's emotional growth and discovery of her "inmost self." Readers familiar with the period will recognize echoes of Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton in Dorothy's views. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Wells, H. G. -- (Herbert George), -- 1866-1946 -- Fiction.
Women -- England -- London -- Fiction.
Boardinghouses -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Self-realization in women -- Fiction.
London (England) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2014
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-262).
ISBN 9781250051936
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