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    Description"The #1 book of 2009...Several sleepless nights are guaranteed."--Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly " One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners--mother, son, and daughter--are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. 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 intimately entwined with his.

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    The Little Stranger
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Waters
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594484469
    ISBN 10: 1594484465

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    BISAC V2.8: FIC014000
    LC classification: PR6073.A828 L58 2009
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    Edition statement
    Riverhead Books
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books
    Publication date
    04 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Sarah Waters is the" New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Little Stranger," "The Night Watch," "Fingersmith," """Affinity, "and "Tipping the Velvet." She has three times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, twice been a finalist for the Orange Prize, and was named one of "Granta"'s best young British novelists, among other distinctions. Waters lives in London.
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    "The #1 book of 2009...Several sleepless nights are guaranteed." --Stephen King, "Entertainment Weekly " "A classic gothic page-turner." --"USA"" Today" "Wonderfully evoked...Waters has rendered the old house magnificently in its fading glory, and its in habitants sparkle like chandeliers in the damp, peeling rooms...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) "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 " "Completely absorbing...I wanted to linger in that fictional world, page by page, chapter by chapter." --"Newsday " "A virtuoso writer...If you want a ghost story that creeps up your spine, "The Little Stranger "delivers." --"The Seattle Times " "Waters has managed to write a near-perfect gothic novel while at the same time confidently deploying the form into fresher territory. It's an astonishing performance, right down to the book's mournful and devastating final sentence." --Laura Miller, Salon.com "Waters creates an atmosphere of quiet dread that's unnerving and compelling." --"Time " "With its subtly orchestrated suspense and spot-on portrayal of English class divisions, Waters's literary ghost story delights." --"People " "A marvelous and truly spooky historical novel." --"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 " "In "The Little Stranger," Hundreds Hall serves as a perfect symbol of the postwar erosion of Britain's class hierarchies, but it also, increasingly, transforms into a scheming, deadly character...Waters, a master at stoking anticipation, withholds the truth about her ghost until the final pages. By then we already strongly suspect its identity, but the confirmation is subtle, surprising, and deeply, deeply chilling." --NPR.org "A stunning haunted house tale whose ghosts are as horrifying as any in Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House."" --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "Few authors do dread as well as Waters. Her latest novel is a ghost story with elements of both 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and "Brideshead Revisited. "This spooky satisfying read has the added pleasure of effectively detailing postwar village life, with its rationing, social structures, and gossip, all on the edge of Britain's massive change to a social state." --"Library Journal "