Puget Sound English Department

May 6, 2009

Sarah Waters’ Latest Novel: Great Gothic Fiction

Filed under: Literature,Publishing — O. @ 4:24 pm


Those of you with a taste for the gothic, the macabre, and/or the creepy will want to run right out (to your local, independently-owned bookseller, of course, and preferably after dusk) to purchase Sarah Waters‘ latest novel, The Little Stranger (Riverhead).  Salon.com’s Laura Miller compares the novel to Henry James‘s The Turn of the Screw and Shirley Jackson‘s The Haunting of Hill House, those masterful tales that deal with “Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is,” to misappropriate Wallace Stevens. The Little Stranger investigates the class anxieties and resentments of post-WWII England. Laura Miller’s excellent review is at . . .


Waters is also known for her historical novels, which feature what Miller calls “intrepid lesbian heroines” in Victorian England.



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