I’ve decided to add a new segment to my blog, The Starving Bulls**t Artist. It will be a weekly posting about a book that I like. After much thought I decided to name this new segment Mme. Bitters’s Book of the Week.
Catchy? You betcha!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank one of my frequent blog contributors, eksith. In addition to being a decent, gracious and intelligent man (as well as a snappy dresser, probably) he had this idea first. Even though the segment on eksith’s blog is Movie of the Week, I still feel that giving props is in order.
So, in the words of the great scribe 50 cent : “I love you like a fat kid loves cake.” *
Beautiful words from a homely man. Now let’s do this thang, shall we?
This week’s book is The Dress Lodger, by Sheri Holman.
Gustine is the 15 year old “dress lodger”. This is a certain kind of prostitute that wears a dress that a lady of nobility might wear in order to attract a higher class clientele. Her landlord/pimp rents her the dress. To be sure she doesn’t run off with it, he has her followed by another of his tenants, a mysterious one-eyed old woman who never speaks
Henry is a grave robbing doctor who is disgraced and is forced to move to Sunderland to start over. He rob graves and he uses the corpses he steals to teach anatomy to medical students.
The two work out partnership where Gustine finds a body and alerts Henry so he can snatch it before it’s found and buried. Sunderland is a port city and in combination with the cholera outbreak, bodies are plentiful
Gustine has a very unique reason to help the disgraced Henry steal corpses. Gustine is a young mother whose infant son has an unusual, life threatening deformity. Her hope is the more corpses Henry disects and studies, the greater chance he’ll be able to save her child
*This line is from the song ’21 Questions,’ as rapped by 50 cent.