The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel by Catherine LowellThe Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel

byCatherine Lowell

Hardcover | March 1, 2016

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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.
Title:The Madwoman Upstairs: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501124218

ISBN - 13:9781501124211

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Amazing for your Brontë nerd, loved the writing
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect For All Brontë Fans! Such a perfect read for fans of the Brontë sisters! I love that you can tell the author is a true fan of the literary family, the entire story incorporates the same elements as any Brontë novel including drama, romance, mystery and a good old fashioned ghost story.
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Editorial Reviews

“An engaging literary mystery filled with juicy speculation about the life of the Brontës—a delightful reminder that how we read fiction matters."