The Bird's Nest
Publish date: March 27th 2014
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
My first disappointment with Jackson. It struck me as a first novel, but it was her third, coming after the wonderful Hangsaman. I found it disjointed and unbalanced, which had nothing to do with its main character having four distinct personalities, with a meandering plot.
The prospect of Shirley Jackson directly addressing a subject she often played with in her other novels was too much to pass up. When I heard that Penguin was finally reissuing her early novels, 'The Bird's Nest' was the one I was most looking forward to. The novel begins with the meek Elizabeth Ric...