Praise for The Little Stranger:
"A classic gothic page-turner."--USA Today
"Waters, a master at stoking anticipation, withholds the truth about her ghost until the final pages...subtle, surprising, and deeply, deeply chilling."--NPR
"Haunted by the spirits of Henry James and Edgar Allan Poe...Waters is just one turn of the screw away from 'The Fall of the House of Usher.' She keeps the lightening flashing in every gloomy chapter, and you can't help but gasp, 'It's alive!'"--The Washington Post
"Sarah Waters is an excellent, evocative writer, and this is an incredibly gripping and readable novel."--The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)
"With its subtly orchestrated suspense and spot-on portrayal of English class divisions, Waters's literary ghost story delights."--People
"A virtuoso writer...If you want a ghost story that creeps up your spine, The Little Stranger delivers."--The Seattle Times
"A near-perfect gothic novel... It's an astonishing performance, right down to the book's mournful and devastating final sentence."-- Salon
"Waters creates an atmosphere of quiet dread that's unnerving and compelling."--Time
"Marvelous and truly spooky."--The Boston Globe
"Rich with historic detail and slow, deliberate building toward the revelation of its secrets, [The Little Stranger] delights even as it leaves you unnerved."--The Miami Herald
"Like the gloomy English weather, an air of impending doom lingers over every chapter of The Little Stranger...an up-all-night page-turner that provides a cogent dose of social commentary."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
One postwar summer, in his home in rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline. Its owners--mother, son, and daughter--are struggling to keep pace with a changing society. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.
Praise for The Little Stranger:
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Media Tie|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)|
- 2009 Man Booker Prize Shortlist
- 20th Century Historical Fiction - General & Miscellaneous
- Aristocrats & Bluebloods - Fiction
- Brits - Fiction
- Class Conflict - Fiction
- Doctors & Nurses - Fiction
- English Fiction - 21st Century
- Family Secrets - Fiction
- Ghost Stories
- Literary Fiction
- New York Times Notable Fiction & Poetry of 2009
- Publishers Weekly's Best Fiction of 2009
- Salon.com's Best Fiction of 2009
- Washington Post Best Historical Fiction of 2009
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I first saw Hundreds Hall when I was ten years old. It was the summer after the war, and the Ayreses still had most of their money then, were still big people in the district. The event was an Empire Day fête: I stood with a line of other village children making a Boy Scout salute while Mrs Ayres and the Colonel went past us, handing out commemorative medals; afterwards we sat to tea with our parents at long tables on what I suppose was the south lawn. Mrs Ayres would have been twenty-four or -five, her husband a few years older; their little girl, Susan, would have been about six. They must have made a very handsome family, but my memory of them is vague. I recall most vividly the house itself, which struck me as an absolute mansion. I remember its lovely ageing details: the worn red brick, the cockled window glass, the weathered sandstone edgings. They made it look blurred and slightly uncertain—like an ice, I thought, just beginning to melt in the sun.
Excerpted from "The Little Stranger (Movie Tie-In)"
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