The Bird's Nest

The Bird's Nest


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The Bird's Nest by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson's third novel, a chilling descent into multiple personalities

Elizabeth is a demure twenty-three-year-old wiling her life away at a dull museum job, living with her neurotic aunt, and subsisting off her dead mother’s inheritance. When Elizabeth begins to suffer terrible migraines and backaches, her aunt takes her to the doctor, then to a psychiatrist. But slowly, and with Jackson’s characteristic chill, we learn that Elizabeth is not just one girl—but four separate, self-destructive personalities. The Bird’s Nest, Jackson’s third novel, develops hallmarks of the horror master’s most unsettling work: tormented heroines, riveting familial mysteries, and a disquieting vision inside the human mind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143107033
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 227,413
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story “The Lottery,” which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Her works available from Penguin Classics include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, and Come Along with Me and Life Among the Savages available from Penguin.

Kevin Wilson is the bestselling author of The Family Fang and the recipient of a Shirley Jackson Award for his story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth. His writing has appeared in Tin House, One Story, and other publications. He lives in Sewanee, Florida.

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The_Book_Wheel_Blog More than 1 year ago
Shy and introverted, 23-year old Elizabeth spends her days toiling away at a museum while living with her aunt, who cares for her with her own inheritance. Sickly and a chronic sufferer of headaches and back pains, Elizabeth’s aunt finally takes her to a doctor, who refers her to a psychiatrist for her “nervous” condition. What at first appears to be a simple and fixable condition turns into a story so complex that only Shirley Jackson could have written it. Turns out, Elizabeth is not suffering from a nervous condition, but rather from multiple personalities. Four of them, to be exact, with each worse than the other. As Elizabeth’s doctor slowly reaches into the depths of her psyche, the reader is taken on a haunting journey through each personality’s self-destructive actions, struggles for dominance, and fear of being misunderstood. The Bird’s Nest, which is best described as a psychological horror story, has all of the classic Shirley Jackson hallmarks, including family mysteries and twisted rivalries. Fans of her work will not be disappointed.