The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
Touchstone ~ March 1, 2016 ~ 352 pages
2016 has been a great year for new releases. I couldn’t hold out after seeing so many great reviews of this novel about the last living member of the Brontë family. After getting a gift card, I picked up the eBook. Unlike most eBooks I buy, I started to read it almost immediately and never stopped.
There was so much to love about this book:
- The story. If you love or appreciate the Brontës and their literary legacy, this book will satisfy.
- The humor. I laughed out loud several times, mostly at times when Samantha Whipple, a young, socially awkward Oxford student haunted by her family, argues about literature with her don, Orville.
- The writing. I posted four quotes alone on Litsy as I was reading this book. I highlighted seven times as many. I loved the way Lowell writes and some of her descriptions. One of my favorites that I didn’t share was, “We suffered a silence worthy of divorce.” That sentence made me stop and think.
- The memories. With much to love and enjoy, reading this book reminded me of being in graduate school. I’d forgotten how compelling it was to dig deep into a text and have intelligent conversations about the meaning of literature. Maybe someday I’ll go back to school to get a doctorate in English Literature just for the pure delight of it.
Pick this book up one way or another. I so, so, so recommend it.