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A chilling and vividly rendered ghost story set in postwar
Britain, by the bestselling and award-winning author of The
Night Watch and Fingersmith.
Sarah Waters’s trilogy of Victorian novels Tipping the
Velvet, Affinity, and Fingersmith earned her legions of
fans around the world, a number of awards, and a reputation
as one of today’s most gifted historical novelists. With
her most recent book, The Night Watch, Waters turned to the
1940s and delivered a tender and intricate novel of
relationships that brought her the greatest success she has
achieved so far. With The Little Stranger, Waters revisits
the fertile setting of Britain in the 1940s—and gives us a
sinister tale of a haunted house, brimming with the rich
atmosphere and psychological complexity that have become
hallmarks of Waters’s work.
The Little Stranger follows the strange adventures of Dr.
Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet
respectability as a country doctor. One dusty postwar
summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, he is called to a
patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for more
than two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and
handsome, is now in decline—its masonry crumbling, its
gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard
permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses
haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life?
Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how
terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with
Abundantly atmospheric and elegantly told, The Little
Stranger is Sarah Waters’s most thrilling and ambitious
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