Man Booker short list 2002; Orange Prize Project; Orange July
setting: Victorian England, 1862, the hard-scrabble life in inner London and the gentle life on an estate
characters: Sue Trindle, Maud Lilly, Mrs Sucksby, and Gentleman (I can't give a description because no one is exactly who they say they are, maybe)
plot: no one likes spoilers and this book is so well plotted I am afraid to say anything for fear I'll say too much.
fingersmith: petty thief, or may also refer to someone who has mastered a skill involving the use of his or her fingers. (ooh, excellent title!)
themes: nature v nurture, sacrifices, betrayals.
what I liked: Victorian times, the plot and the twists, the cover, the overall tone of suspense in the book and the relationships amongst the characters.
what I didn't like: it was a little long, but I still couldn't put it down.
who else liked it: it was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Booker in 2002