The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

Cover of The Madwoman UpstairsThe 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.


  • At 2016.04.21 08:55, BermudaOnion(Kathy) said:

    All those quotes on Litsy have made me want to read this one.

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    • At 2016.04.21 09:28, Beth Hoffman said:

      You’ve hooked me. I’m adding this book to my list today!

      • At 2016.04.21 09:37, Beth F said:

        I’m still laughing about Sam’s statement on yoga pants not being for everyone.

        (Required, will not be published)

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