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The Madwoman Upstairs - Catherine Lowell
The Madwoman Upstairs
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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... show more
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.

Yet everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and long lost objects from the past begin rematerializing in her life. Her father’s distinctive copy of Jane Eyre, which should have perished in the fire that claimed his life, mysteriously appears on Samantha’s bed. Annotated in her father’s handwriting, the book is the first of many clues in an elaborate scavenger hunt derived from the world’s greatest literature. With the help of a handsome but inscrutable professor, Samantha must plunge into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Brontës’ own writing.

The Madwoman Upstairs is a suspenseful, exhilarating debut by an exciting new talent who offers a moving exploration of what it means when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781501124211 (1501124218)
ASIN: 1501124218
Publisher: Touchstone
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Category:
Contemporary
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writtengems
writtengems rated it
Samantha Whipple, recently enrolled at Oxford University finds herself surrounded and followed by her past. Still struggling to overcome the death of her father she is also on the hunt for her inheritance, hinted at by her eccentric father. It would appear to be connected to her ancestors, as so muc...
Olga Godim
Olga Godim rated it
4.5 Emotional and intriguing
Loved it! This book is a mainstream novel, and I don’t usually read mainstream, much less like it – I prefer genre – but when I do like such a book, it’s often amazing. In this case, I didn’t expect to like it, even after I started. The action is slow, with lots of contemplations and inner monologue...
Unabridged Chick
Unabridged Chick rated it
4.0 Cutesy fangirling over Anne Bronte
This is the kind of book that gets the cutesy adjectives thrown at it -- quirky, charming, playful, breezy -- and they're all apt. This is a quirky, charming, playful, and breezy read, a kind of chick-lit-y coming-of-age story that did, I confess, occasionally kill me with the snark, but ultimately ...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it
5.0 The Madwoman Upstairs
Samantha Whipple is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family... Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate and for all she knows, it’s just as fictional as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. Yet everyt...
Figgy O'Connell
Figgy O'Connell rated it
0.0 The Madwoman Upstairs
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