Nightingale

Nightingale

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"Takes a slice of mid-twentieth-century Americana and exposes it as an utter and ongoing gender inequality nightmare. Electric, tense, horrifying, and a righteously angry yowl."
--Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the WorldAt seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn't be--independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes her to marry his business partner's domineering son. When June resists, her whole world is shattered--suburbia isn't the only prison for different women...June's parents commit her to Burrow Place Asylum, aka the Institution. With its sickening conditions, terrifying staff and brutal "medical treatments," the Institution preys on June's darkest secrets and deepest fears. And she's not alone. The Institution terrorizes June's fragile roommate, Eleanor, and the other women locked away within its crumbling walls. Those who dare speak up disappear...or worse. Trapped between a gruesome reality and increasingly sinister hallucinations, June isn't sure where her nightmares end and real life begins. But she does know one thing: in order to survive, she must destroy the Institution before it finally claims them all."Nightingale is a beautifully constructed novel featuring out-of-this-world suspense, a classic Stephen King vibe and an edge all its own. If that wasn't enough, its powerful portrayal of gender roles and feminism makes it all too timely and important."
--Courtney Summers, author of Sadie and This Is Not a Test
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 33mm | 431g
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1335012346
  • 9781335012340
  • 787,828

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"Nightingale is a beautifully constructed novel featuring out-of-this-world suspense, a classic Stephen King vibe and an edge all its own. If that wasn't enough, its powerful portrayal of gender roles and feminism makes it all too timely and important. Amy Lukavics has more than earned her place alongside today's greatest horror writers and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next." -Courtney Summers, author of All the Rage and This is Not a Test"Nightingale takes a slice of mid-20th Century Americana and exposes it as an utter and ongoing gender inequality nightmare . Electric, tense, horrifying, and a righteously angry yowl, you won't be able to put this book down. This is Amy Lukavics's best novel yet." -Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World"A must-have for horror collections. Future fans of Stephen King will devour this one."-School Library Journal"Lukavics employs horror movie-like pacing to trace the gradual dissolution of the Cane household....Lukavics' eerie, chilly delivery and just the right amount of gore will satisfy nonetheless."-Booklist on The Ravenous"Lukavics splatters the pages with blood, guts, and mature language, but underneath there are stark commentaries on addiction, mental health, and just how far people are willing to go to protect the ones they love....Sisterhood dynamics are laid bare under extreme circumstances in this story, which makes for an ultimately nerve-fraying read....VERDICT A must-have for horror collections. Future fans of Stephen King will devour this one."-School Library Journal on The RavenousVivid, immersive, and chilling. Prepare for nightmares."-Kim Liggett, author of Blood and Salton The Ravenous"Deeply disturbing, truly riveting and highly recommended."-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot & Ruin and The Nightsiders series on Daughts Unto Devils"Adult and teen horror enthusiasts alike will love every minute of this well-crafted and terrifying debut."-Library Journal on Daughters Unto Devils"This ferocious story definitely isn't for the fainthearted."-Publishers Weeklyon The Woman in the Walls"A timeless tale of gothic terror with an ending that will take your breath away. A showstopper!"-McCormick Templeman, author of The Glass Casketon The Woman in the Walls
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306 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 15% (47)
4 29% (88)
3 30% (91)
2 22% (66)
1 5% (14)
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