Sarah Waters - Author

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ISBN 9781573228732 | 368 pages | 08 Jan 2002 | Riverhead | 5.23 x 8.03in | 18 - AND UP
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  • London Times Novelist of the Year
    John Llewellyn Rhys Prize: Finalist
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A spellbinding ghost story, a complex and intriguing historical mystery, and a poignant romance with an unexpected twist.

An upper-class woman, recovering from a suicide attempt, visits the women's ward of Millbank prison as part of her rehabilitation. There she meets Selina, an enigmatic spiritualist-and becomes 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.

"Unfolds sinuously and ominously...a powerful plot-twister. The book is multidimensional: a naturalistic look at Victorian society; a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica." (USA Today)

"Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative-Sarah Waters' second novel is all of these wrapped into one, served up to superbly suspenseful and hypnotic effect." (The Seattle Times)

“Unfolds sinuously and ominously…a powerful plot-twister…a truly suspenseful tale of terror; and a piece of elegant, thinly veiled erotica. Like a Ouija board, Affinity offers different messages to different readers, scaring the shrouds off everyone in the process.”
USA Today

“[Waters] displays her incredible talent for the Gothic historical novel in this splendid book about a Victorian women’s prison and the affair there between an inmate and a ‘lady visitor.’”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Gothic tale, psychological study, puzzle narrative…superbly suspenseful…This is gripping, astute fiction that feeds the mind and senses.”
The Seattle Times

Awards for Affinity

  • 2000 American Library Association Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Roundtable Book Award

  • 2000 Sunday Times Writer of the Year (UK)

  • 2000 Somerset Maugham for Lesbian and Gay Fiction (UK)

  • 2000 Ferro-Grumley Award for Lesbian and Gay Fiction

  • 2000 Lambda Literary Award finalist

And shortlisted for:

    2000 Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (UK)

    2000 Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year

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