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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Book Buzz: "The Little Stranger" by Sarah Waters

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters was reviewed on NPR this morning. The book is both a spooky ghost story set in 1947 England, and a story about about post-war changes in class and social hierarchies.

The Little Stranger received favorable reviews in the Washington Post and the New York Times, which called it "a gripping and readable novel. "

The Times Online reviewer wrote, "It would be unfair to reveal very much about The Little Stranger; enough to say that this reader, left alone one night in her boxy Seventies ex-council house - about as unspooky a place as you can imagine - had to stop reading for fright. This is an effective, gripping book . . . You'll want to sleep with the light on." However, the reviewer from the Financial Times was more convinced by the book's social history than its ghost story.

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