Kobo Edition (eBook)
May 5, 2009
McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1551993392
ISBN - 13: 9781551993393
From the Publisher
From the multi-award-winning and bestselling author of The Night Watch and Fingersmith comes an astonishing novel about love, loss, and the sometimes unbearable weight of the past.
In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to see a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the once grand house is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its garden choked with weeds. All around, the world is changing, and the family is struggling to adjust to a society with new values and rules.
Roddie Ayres, who returned from World War II physically and emotionally wounded, is desperate to keep the house and what remains of the estate together for the sake of his mother and his sister, Caroline. Mrs. Ayres is doing her best to hold on to the gracious habits of a gentler era and Caroline seems cheerfully prepared to continue doing the work a team of servants once handled, even if it means having little chance for a life of her own beyond Hundreds.
But as Dr. Faraday becomes increasingly entwined in the Ayreses’ lives, signs of a more disturbing nature start to emerge, both within the family and in Hundreds Hall itself. And Faraday begins to wonder if they are all threatened by something more sinister than a dying way of life, something that could subsume them completely.
Both a nuanced evocation of 1940s England and the most chill-inducing novel of psychological suspense in years, The Little Stranger confirms Sarah Waters as one of the finest and most exciting novelists writing today.
About the Author
Sarah Waters was born in Wales in 1966. She has a Ph.D. in English. Sarah has won a Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award and was twice shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Sarah's novel Fingersmith won the CWA Ellis Peters Dagger Award for Historical Crime Fiction and the South Bank Show Award for Literature. Both Fingersmith and The Night Watch were shortlisted for the Man Booker and Orange prizes. In 2003, Sarah was named Author of the Year by the British Book Awards, The Booksellers' Association and Waterstone's Booksellers. Sarah was also chosen as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003. Sarah's novels Tipping the Velvet, Affinity and Fingersmith have all been adapted for television. Sarah Waters lives in south London.