The Paying Guests

No reading group should be without this companion guide to Sarah Waters' literary thriller, The Paying Guests.

Author: Kathryn Cope

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781503163850


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No reading group should be without this companion guide to Sarah Waters' literary thriller, The Paying Guests. A comprehensive guide to this contemporary classic, this discussion aid includes all the information you need to get your book club discussion up and running: useful literary and historical context; an author biography; plot synopsis; themes & symbols; character analysis; discussion questions; recommended further reading and even an quick quiz.

The Paying Guests

The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called “a tour de force” (Wall Street Journal), “unputdownable” (The Washington Post), “a delicious hothouse of a novel” (USA Today), “effortless” (The Economist), ...

Author: Sarah Waters

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698157702

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called “a tour de force” (Wall Street Journal), “unputdownable” (The Washington Post), “a delicious hothouse of a novel” (USA Today), “effortless” (The Economist), “seductive” (Vanity Fair) and “pitch perfect” (Salon) “Superb, bewitching…Forget about Fifty Shades of Grey; this novel is one of the most sensual you will ever read, and all without sacrificing either good taste or a "G" rating” – NPR “One of the year’s most engrossing and suspenseful novels…a love affair, a shocking murder, and a flawless ending … Will keep you sleepless for three nights straight and leave you grasping for another book that can sustain that high.” — Entertainment Weekly (A rating) “Volcanically sexy, sizzingly smart, plenty bloody and just plain irresistible." —USA Today (4 stars) It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa—a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants—life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life—or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be. Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize three times, Sarah Waters has earned a reputation as one of our greatest writers of historical fiction, and here she has delivered again. A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place, The Paying Guests is Sarah Waters’s finest achievement yet.

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters - A 15-minute Summary & Analysis Inside this Instaread: • Summary of entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Analysis of the themes, important people and author style Preview of this Instaread:Summary The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters is a historical romance novel and crime story. It is set just outside postwar London in the year 1922. Frances Wray is a twenty-six-year-old single woman who lives with her widowed mother, Emily. After losing her two brothers in the war, Frances is left to take care of her mother and the household. Her father mismanaged the family’s financial affairs before his death, leaving his wife and daughter struggling to get by with few resources. The Wrays are forced to dismiss the household help, leaving Frances to do most of the household chores. Frances decides she must rent out some of the rooms in their house to help with money issues. Frances makes arrangements for Leonard and Lilian Barber, a young, married, working class couple, to move into the rooms on the second floor of the Wray home. Leonard’s friend, Charles Wismuth, helps them move in…

The Paying Guest

It ' s a very common arrangement nowadays , you know ; they are called ' paying
guests . ' Of course I shouldn ' t dream of having any one you didn ' t thoroughly
like the look of . " , “ Do you think , " asked Emmeline , doubtfully , “ that we ...

Author: George Gissing




Page: 191

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The Paying Guest

It's a very common arrangement nowadays, you know; they are called “paying
guests.” Of course I shouldn't dream of having anyone you didn't thoroughly like
the look of.' 'Do you think,' asked Emmeline doubtfully, 'that we should quite do?

Author: George Gissing

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3752354895

Category: Fiction

Page: 68

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Reproduction of the original: The Paying Guest by George Gissing

The Paying Guest

The Nimmo contingent of three might have been lost in the gathering of a dozen
guests on the Sclanders side , including some very odd and elderly maiden aunts
and a rubicund uncle given to puns ; but Ness had dressed her imperial person ...

Author: George Blake

Publisher: London : Collins



Page: 256

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Death Takes a Paying Guest

In the two weeks that Elsie Mae had been in residence it had been evident to her
that in the opinion of Mrs . Purnell this beautifully mannered Chinese was the
Gentleman of Gentlemen and the Paying Guest of Paying Guests . He occupied
the ...

Author: Aaron Marc Stein



Category: Archaeologists

Page: 187

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A Life in Three Lands

On the top floor were four bedrooms: one for Paul, who was now living with the
family, two others facing the street for the paying guests and one for the maid,
indispensable and financially possible because of the paying guests. There was
a ...

Author: Jacques Guiton

Publisher: Branden Books

ISBN: 9780828319379

Category: Architecture

Page: 175

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It is no surprise that Jacques Guiton, an architect who subscribes to Le Corbusier's idea of harmony as a controlling principle of design, should have produced a balanced and shapely book of memoirs. Between his early experiences at his grandfather's French country place to his retirement years at his own similar old farmhouse in America, Guiton chronicles events in Paris, Brittany, German prison camps and America. His prose is clean and clear and draws on all the senses.

Eclectic Magazine

These are the paying guests, and this is the Prince's harvest-time ; for, as he is
his own butcher, brewer, dairyman, and baker, after defraying all expenses a
handsome surplus must remain to him. He does not profess that during these
months ...






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Mermaid Days

every time a guest gets out of a car and has left the area I have replaced that
person with a generic guest." "A generic guest?" "Yes ... Then we fill the room up
so that the paying guests do not get an impression of a fiasco. We also use them
to ...

Author: K. Harder

Publisher: First Edition Design Pub.

ISBN: 1622878175

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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The year is 2116 and Denmark stands in agony - or rather in the wet. Everything that can melt has already melted and all low-lying areas in the United States of Europe are under water. In addition, wars and environmental disasters have put an unmistakable stamp on the population. In this short story, we follow the brave inhabitants of New Copenhagen, which by all means try to maintain the illusion of a normal life - while they pay the price to come after us. Keywords: Global Warming, Overpopulation, Top, Genetic Modification, Regimentation, Brainwashing, Centralism, Escapism, Technology

Bitter Sweet a Reporter s Life

So, to insure a full house – the Hotel Broadmoor seats 1,200 in the main ballroom
and its two balconies – the club invited paying guests. (Now part of American
folkways, the paying guest, in less formal affairs, arrives with a gift, usually liquor,

Author: Arthur M. Merims

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 149173504X

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

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Life in New York City in the 1960s had to be lived to be believed. Through clouds of the omnipresent haze of cigarette smoke, business was taken care of, hearts were wooed and broken, and the battle of the sexes was about to begin in earnest. The citys pulsing rhythms coursed through the veins of the young, vibrant, and hungry twentysomethings who represented the next generation. This was their city. This was their time. These are their stories. Jack Stopple thinks he has a handle on life. A busy fledgling reporter assigned to a somewhat mundane beat, he spends his days lurking in the corridors of power, trying to be patient for what he knows fate has in store. One day, he meets another young professional on the rise, an intriguing young woman who works in public relations. Fascinated, the two former strangers quickly and enthusiastically explore their mutual ambitions. Suffice to say, the record-breaking and life-threatening heat wave isnt the only sizzling hot phenomenon in the city that summer But when a rival emerges on their romantic horizon, what was once a certainty is thrown into chaos. Which ambition will ultimately drive themlove, lust, or the desire for power?

Brunhilde s Paying Guest

Poor Barby's spirits were greatly chastened by the paying guests , and her colony
of black sheep in the kitchen , who invented all sorts of unheard - of trials to help
the good work along . Once when Willoughby had appropriated two of the ...

Author: Caroline Fuller



Category: Love stories, American

Page: 348

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THE PAYING y GUE STS attractive young Couple, Little do they know just - how
profoundly their new tenants will transform * Frances's life—or what a shocking
series of events will ensue. The Paying Guests is a love story, a tensionfilled
crime ...

Author: Sarah Waters

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101053119

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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“Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative…This is gripping, astute fiction that feeds the mind and senses.”—The Seattle Times An upper-class woman recovering from a suicide attempt, Margaret Prior has begun visiting the women’s ward of Millbank prison, Victorian London’s grimmest jail, as part of her rehabilitative charity work. Amongst Millbank’s murderers and common thieves, Margaret finds herself increasingly fascinated by on apparently innocent inmate, the enigmatic spiritualist Selina Dawes. Selina was imprisoned after a séance she was conducting went horribly awry, leaving an elderly matron dead and a young woman deeply disturbed. Although initially skeptical of Selina’s gifts, Margaret is soon drawn into a twilight world of ghosts and shadows, unruly spirits and unseemly passions, until she is at last driven to concoct a desperate plot to secure Selina’s freedom, and her own. As in her noteworthy deput, Tipping the Velvet, Sarah Waters brilliantly evokes the sights and smells of a moody and beguiling nineteenth-century London, and proves herself yet again a storyteller, in the words of the New York Times Book Review, of "startling power."

Neil Flamb and the Crusader s Curse

“That is for the paying guests to find out,” Neil said, slapping his hand. “And that
cheese is measured perfectly for my sweet pea risotto, so back off.” “Paying
guests? Isabella told me this was a charity event tonight.” Larry nodded. “It is. All
the ...

Author: Kevin Sylvester

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442442972

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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In the third book in The Neil Flambé Capers, the sudden disappearance of Neil’s skills in the kitchen is the real mystery. Could a curse to blame? World-class chef—and royal pain in the neck—Neil Flambé is used to serving his dishes to resounding applause and overwhelming approval. And Neil’s super-sensitive nose does more than enable him to cook sophisticated meals and run his own restaurant; it also allows him to help local police solve mysteries in his spare time. Then things start going wrong. His plates are returned. A group of critics visit the restaurant and leave completely dissatisfied. Worse yet, Chez Flambé is closed by an order of the Department of Health! Suddenly, Neil finds himself amid the cook-off of his life—and his entire reputation is at stake. Then he discovers the root of all his problems: a dark curse that has plagued Flambé chefs for centuries. Has Neil finally met a mess he can’t smell his way out of?

Wave Hunters

At first light, seven paying guests would be boarding, and there was still much to
be done. I spent the remainder of the evening loading supplies, preparingbunks,
testing equipment and doing other odd jobs. We never had a night at the Banyan

Author: Chris Lacy

Publisher: PageFree Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781589612068

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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A young surfer holds the only map to a lost treasure worth millions. But standing between him and the treasure is a dangerous band of pirates who will stop at nothing to possess it. Wave Hunters is a clever new adaptation of the adventure classic Treasure Island.


They have found The Colonel would have thought forget his dignity as an officer
and a Paying Guests . The Paying that any feller who'd been in the gentleman as
to throw even one pair Guests are to remain at the Manor for Army would have ...

Author: Mark Lemon



Category: English wit and humor


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Growing Up at Grossinger s

wasn't packed, the guests who were there automatically considered us their kids
and just took it for granted, without complaint, ... quite oblivious to the fact that the
hotel was a business supposedly run for the convenience of the paying guests.

Author: Tania Grossinger

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602392056

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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"To be devoured in one non-stop gulp...fascinating reading."—The New York Post From 1919 to 1986, Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel provided a summer retreat from the city heat for New York's Jews, and entertained the great, the near-great, and the not so great, Jews and Gentiles alike. A melting pot of the Borscht Belt, sports, and show-biz worlds, loyal visitors included Red Buttons, Rocky Marciano, Eddie Fisher, and Jackie Robinson. Tania Grossinger grew up there. In her fascinating insider's account of life in the hospitality industry, she sheds light on how hotel children keep up with the frenetic pace of life, and how they come to grips with the outside world (which intrudes now and again), sex (happening in every room), and, occasionally, their intellectual interests. Growing Up at Grossinger's is both a wonderful coming-of-age story and a sentimental reading of a chapter of the Jewish experience in America that has now closed. 25 b/w photographs. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Wonders

Surely these ten wealthy guests, the paying guests, could never return to a
normal life after experiencing this kind of opulence. Would he and Kathryn and
Christos become the kind of people to pay a fortune to meet another celebrity
even ...

Author: Paddy O'Reilly

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476766371

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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From the author of the “funny, irreverent, and highly entertaining” (Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband’s Secret) Fine Color of Rust comes a brilliant new novel about a misfit trio who become instant international reality stars, probing the nature of celebrity, disability, and the value of human life. Perhaps every human being was a freak. Hadn’t he read somewhere that every person has at least a handful of damaged genes? That all humans embody a myriad of nature’s mistakes? Meet Leon (stage name: Clockwork Man), a nervous, introverted thirty-year-old man with a brass heart; Kathryn (stage name: Lady Lamb), a brash, sexy woman covered almost entirely with black, tightly furled wool; and Christos (stage name: Seraphiel), a vain performance artist who plays a winged god with the help of ceramic implants inserted between his shoulder blades. These are The Wonders, three extraordinary people whose medical treatments have tested the limits of the human body. When they are brought together by a canny entrepreneur, their glamorous, genre-defying, twenty-first-century circus act becomes a global sensation. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger. With warmth, humor, and astonishing insight, Paddy O’Reilly has written a wonderful novel that will appeal to fans of Sara Gruen’s Ape House, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine—or anyone who’s ever questioned the nature of fame, our kinship with the animal kingdom, and the delicate balancing act of life and death.

Pecan Pies and Homicides

“Miss Jane, forgive me for saying so, but I believe our guests are interested in
three things: comfort, quiet, and good food. I'm not certain ... She was accustomed
to traveling a different route than the paying guests of Storyton Hall. Like the rest

Author: Ellery Adams

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101637528

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Her Charmed Pie Shoppe is open for business, but baker Ella Mae LeFaye is about to discover solving a murder is not as easy as pie… Owning the Charmed Pie Shoppe and serving enchanted treats in the magical town of Havenwood, Georgia, seemed like a little slice of heaven for Ella Mae LeFaye. But now her hopes for both a lasting romance with Hugh Dylan and business success are starting to seem like pie in the sky, and Ella’s left wondering: Where has the magic gone? When an enchanted grove is set ablaze, Ella realizes she has more grave problems. With her magic waning, she’s going to have to sleuth from scratch to stop an arsonist who has no respect for sacred ground—or human life…

A Child s Walk in the Wilderness

The croo and guests apparently feel overrun with thru-hikers. We spot Wizard
and Tripper sitting down to supper with the paying guests. I walk over and ask
Wizard what's up. “We got tired of the workfor-stay routine so we decided to
splurge ...

Author: Paul Molyneaux

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811749703

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Imagine a 7-year-old boy asking his father if they can hike the entire Appalachian Trail, and then imagine that the father says yes.