Having loved Room, the dramatic gem by Emma Donoghue, I decided to try one of her earlier novels, Slammerkin, and I was thoroughly disappointed. It’s a historical novel that describes the mostly imagined life of a young servant who murders her mistress and is found to have been a prostitute rather than a respectable dressmaker. Much of the novel tiresomely describes her trade and the only relief are the many description of life in the late 18th century, from the dire poverty in the streets of London to washing day in a small town.
As I plodded through the tedious pages, I was reminded of a much better book on a similar topic, Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. Read it instead of this one!