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Publisher Description

Meet Sugar, a nineteen-year-old prostitute in nineteenth-century London who yearns for escape to a better life. From the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, she begins her ascent through society, meeting a host of lovable, maddening, unforgettable characters on the way. They begin with William Rackham, an egotistical perfume magnate whose empire is fueled by his lust for Sugar; his unhinged, child-like wife Agnes; his mysteriously hidden-away daughter, Sophie; and his pious brother Henry, foiled in his devotional calling by a persistently less-than-chaste love for the Widow Fox. All this is overseen by assorted preening socialites, drunken journalists, untrustworthy servants, vile guttersnipes, and whores of all stripes and persuasions.

Teeming with life, this is a big, juicy must-read of a novel that has enthralled hundreds of thousands of readers-and will continue to do so for years to come.

Fiction & Literature
September 1
HMH Books
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

Customer Reviews

Mstexas62 ,

The crimson petal

I loved the way the book started and it kept me company through many waiting rooms and a few flights. I was however disappointed by the abrupt ending with so many unanswered questions.

Huntleymama ,


This book is amazing, so filled with rich versatile characters that keep you hooked. Plenty of story to keep you busy for weeks!

Sydgie ,


I consider myself an avid reader and I rarely do not finish a book I have started.
I had to stop after about 657 pages. This was the worst book I have ever read.
It was long, laborious and very boring. I found I could care less about the characters. I was just reading to get it over with. Life is too short to waste on such rubbish. Very disappointed and sorry I wasted even a dime on this book.
I should have listened to the other bad reviews.

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