her original blog post, but had completely forgotten.
You should probably just read her post, as it does a much better job than I could of capturing the books qualities. But for form's sake here goes:
Very simply, Fingersmith is a Dickens from a 21st century perspective. And perhaps a bit more neatly structured. The book starts out in a house of lower class petty criminals, their primary source of income being fencing. The protagonist, Susan, is a teenage girl who was adopted by the matron of the home Susan is inducted into a plot to trick a young, naive country heiress of her fortune. Her role is to act as the lady's maid to encourage her to sneak off with Gentleman, a gentleman fallen down in class and morals.
I will say no more as the story really does take you off on a ride where you want to find out what happens next. I think because of it has lesbians, pornography and a lot of women suffering from male power, this book gets a lot of literary love. That may be well earned, but for me it is just a tightly written, entertaining story where you really care about what happens to the characters.