Moonie, I'll be interested to hear your opinion of The Dress Lodger once you've done. I read it a few years ago, and found it held my attention in an almost horrorstruck fashion toward the end. The characters self-propel themselves toward the inevitable climax of the story. Couldn't put it down, but found myself wishing I could at times...had a similar reaction to Slammerkin a year later, but COULD put that one down. You're right, though, the writing is lovely.
I'll wait for your post-read thoughts...
I'm just to the part where the baby and its issue is intorduced.
I'll definately post my thoughts after I finish. You have really got me wanting to read more. Sounds very interesting.