After reading The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber two weeks ago, I, like many others, was unsatisfied at the ending. I wanted to know what happened to Sugar and Sophie and felt the book ended way to early. I was not the only one, I noticed from the reviews on LT and the many letters Michel Faber prints in his introduction to this book, The Apple. In this book he revisits the world of Crimson Petal to tell seven short stories about characters we know from there. These stories take place before or after the events in the main book. However, I am sorry to say, a true ending is still not offered.
There are stories about Sugar before she met William, about William twenty years after Sugar left, about Clara after she was fired, about Bodley and one told by Sophie’s grandson. And although the book doesn’t explicitly tell us what happened after we read the last page of Crimson, it does offer a glimpse. Faber says you don’t have to read Crimson to enjoy these stories, but I think that would take out most of the enjoyment to be had here. An explicit tale of a whore and a strange client isn’t any fun unless you already know that whore. At least, that’s how I experienced it. All in all this was a nice short read.