5 of 5 stars
THE LODGER is an impressive debut for Ms. Treger. She weaves fact and fiction seamlessly in this story about 20th century writer Dorothy Richardson. Dorothy is determined to live freely on her own accord without being stifled within the bonds of marriage, but freedom has its price--hunger, oppressive loneliness and drudgery of another kind as she lives barely above poverty. It's no wonder that Dorothy falls under spell of H.G. Wells, the husband of her oldest friend. She struggles with her loyalty to Jane and the pull from the charismatic Bertie.
The author takes the reader inside the mind of Dorothy as she lives through crisis after crisis. Events of the suffragette movements sweep her up in the drama when her friend Veronica plans to march in a peaceful demonstration. Dorothy knows absolute bliss and abject depressions and Ms. Treger gives the reader a front row seat to both. Knowing that Dorothy was an important voice for women writers in the early 20th century makes this novel even more riveting. A slight criticism is that the author's descriptions tended to be a bit too long and took me out of the story. This is a powerful story of how one woman found her voice against seemingly impossible odds. Highly Recommended.
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