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The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives -- a
beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy
was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer
support the family. So she began writing letters to her
parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had
never heard of before.
Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents,
and how Chris and Cathy and the twins will live like princes
and princesses in their grandparents' fancy mansion. The
children are only too delighted by the prospect. But there
are a few things that Momma hasn't told them.
She hasn't told them that their grandmother considers them
"devil's spawn" who should never have been born. She hasn't
told them that she has to hide them from their grandfather
if she wants to inherit his fortune. She hasn't told them
that they are to be locked away in an abandoned wing of the
house with only the dark, airless attic to play in. But,
Momma promises, it's only for a few days....
Then the days stretch into months, and the months into
years. Desperately isolated, terrified of their grandmother,
and increasingly convinced that their mother no longer cares
about them, Chris and Cathy become all things to the twins
and to each other. They cling to their love as their only
hope, their only strength -- a love that is almost stronger
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