The Madwoman Upstairs

By Catherine Lowell
In Catherine Lowell's smart and original debut novel--hailed by Deborah Harkness as a "charming and memorable read"--the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt, using only the clues her eccentric father left behind, and the Brontës' own novels.

Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. Since her father's untimely death, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family--a hidden fortune never revealed to anyone outside of the family, but endlessly speculated about by Brontë scholars and fanatics. Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate and for all she knows, it's just as fictional as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.

But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and long lost objects from her past begin rematerializing in her life, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father's handwriting. With the help of a handsome but inscrutable professor, Samantha plunges into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by repurposing the tools of literature and decoding the clues hidden within the Brontës' own novels.

A fast-paced adventure from start to finish for readers who devoured The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, The Madwoman Upstairs is a moving exploration of what happens when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.



    REVIEW QUOTES
Catherine Lowell s debut is a smart and funny literary mystery set among the dreaming spires of Oxford University. Lowell s deft handling of her quirky characters and unpredictable plot twists make "The Madwoman Upstairs" a charming and memorable read. " --"Deborah Harkness, author of the All Souls Trilogy"
"Catherine Lowell's terrific first novel is a mystery, a love story, and a very dark comedy with the Brontes, of all people, playing a role back there in the shadows. The book is about the traces that literature and our ancestors leave in us, and it is about memory as a token of love."--Charles Baxter, author of "There's Something I Want You to Do "and "Feast of Love"



    SHARE THIS
Embedicon
 
9781501126307
eBook

  Choose a format

Price: $12.80/ea
LIST PRICE: $16.00

Bulk Paperback Non-returnable Discounts
Quantity Price Discount
1 - 24 $12.80 20%
25 - 99 $11.20 30%
100 - 499 $10.40 35%
500 - 999 $10.08 37%
ISBN: 9781501126307

About the Paperback

Publisher Touchstone Books
Publish date 11/22/2016
Pages 368
ISBN-13 9781501126307
ISBN-10 150112630X
Language English

Need 1000 or more?

Additional discounts may be available for print books. We also offer pricing for RETURNABLE orders. Please call 1-800-236-7323 or email us to request a quote.


Categorized Under