From her lookout in the crumbling mansion that was her childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left nearly fifty years ago; the reclusive Ginny has rarely ventured out, retreating into the precise routines that... show more
From her lookout in the crumbling mansion that was her childhood home, Ginny watches and waits for her younger sister to arrive. Vivien has not set foot in the house since she left nearly fifty years ago; the reclusive Ginny has rarely ventured out, retreating into the precise routines that define her days, carrying on her father’s solitary work studying moths.
As the sisters revisit their shared past, they realize that their recollections differ in essential and unsettling ways. Before long, the deeply buried resentments that have shaped both their lives rise to the surface, and Vivien’s presence threatens to disrupt Ginny’s carefully ordered world.
Told in Ginny’s unforgettable voice, this subtle and chilling debut novel tells an extraordinary story of how families are capable of undoing themselves—especially in the name of love.
Publish date: 2008-06-17
Pages no: 273
Edition language: English
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
This book talks a great deal about moths and lepidoptery practices, along with a parallel heart touching story of two sisters. Both going through a series of events, and tragedies, which are incomparable with each other. The elder sister Virginia, is an established professional scientist but an alie...
Two sisters meet again after years of estrangement. The air is heavy with resentment and grudges. We learn the story from Ginny the narrator. We hope to get the unbiased account of events because Ginny is supposed to be the reasonable and sensible one, the scientist. Sometimes later we, of course, r...
In this dark, yet fascinating story, two estranged sisters, drawn to each other like moths to a flame, show just how dangerous such a reunion can be. Read my review of this excellent debut novel here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2014/08/16/that-which-emerges-from-her-cocoons/
A fascinating debut novel from an author with enormous promise, The Behaviour Of Moths is the neo-gothic story of a dysfunctional family told from the viewpoint of the obsessional, deluded and probably autistic elder daughter, Virginia. Set in a huge, crumbling mansion in Dorset, the narrative focus...
Overall, it was an interesting story. It was definitely a page turner--I don't think I would read it again, but it did make you want to keep reading. Some parts of the story were a little far-fetched, but that doesn't make or break a book for me. So...I would say that it is an entertaining novel--no...