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May 10, 2010 at 11:42 AM

In THE LITTLE STRANGER (Riverhead Trade Paperbacks; May 4, 2010), Sarah Waters returns to 1940s Britain to present an unsettling and vibrantly told haunted house story in the tradition of Hawthorne’s The House of Seven Gables.

Waters’ page-turning tale is narrated by Dr. Faraday, a British country doctor who receives an urgent call to attend to an ailing maid at Hundreds Hall, the grand but crumbling home of the Ayres family, one oppressively warm Sunday afternoon in the summer of 1947.
With its overgrown gardens, cracked front steps, and stopped clocks, the massive eighteenth-century house is badly in need of repair, like most of postwar Britain. But Dr. Faraday remembers it from its glory days thirty years earlier, when he was brought there as a boy by his mother, who had once worked at Hundreds as a maid.

A bachelor nearing forty, Dr. Faraday finds himself unable to stop thinking about Hundreds Hall and the Ayreses, including their sister who died in childhood, and he becomes a regular visitor to the seemingly haunted house.
As the hot summer wears on, he has no idea how intimately, and how frighteningly, their lives are about to become entangled with his own.

Waters is the author of
Tipping the Velvet, a New York Times Notable Book; Affinity, which won her the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award; Fingersmith and The Night Watch, both of which were short listed for the Orange Prize and the Man Booker Prize. Named one ofGranta’s best young British novelists, she is also the winner of three Lambda Literary Awards, two Ferro-Grumley awards, and a Stonewall Book Award, the Betty Trask Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Crime Writers’ Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger prize, and the British Book Awards Author of the Year award, as well as several other awards and prizes.

Her first novel to feature a male narrator,
THE LITTLE STRANGER is imbued with the perfectly evoked period atmosphere, psychological complexity, elegant style, and ingenious plotting that have become recognized as hallmarks of her work.

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