The Madwoman Upstairs

The Madwoman Upstairs

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Since Samantha Whipple's father died, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family-- a trove which may be just another fiction. When Samantha enrolls at Oxford University, long lost objects from the past begin rematerializing in her life. Her father distinctive copy of Jane Eyre, which should have perished in the fire that claimed his life, is the first of many clues in an elaborate scavenger hunt derived from the world's greatest literature.
"A debut novel about the last remaining descendant of the Brontës who discovers that her recently deceased father has left her a treasure hunt that may lead to the long-rumored secret literary estate"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2016
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781501124228
1501124226
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (337 pages)

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GCPL_Angela Aug 29, 2017

As a former English major, I was pretty delighted by this book. Sure, the plot is outlandish. But if you just roll with it, you'll find yourself having a lot of fun.

What I enjoyed much more than the romance and mystery plots were the meta references to other works. In many ways, this book took me back to my own undergrad days studying British lit, and I really enjoyed that dose of nostalgia. A real treat for Bronte lovers and/or students of British lit. As long as you're willing to suspend your disbelief and view it as a fantasy of sorts, I think you'll enjoy the ride.

ijs111 Dec 27, 2016

A fun read! I highly recommend this for when you need something light yet intriguing.

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KCV66
Dec 26, 2016

I would not recommend this book. It's an interesting story- about a descendant of the Bronte sisters who looks for answers about her past, the family history, etc. But the voice of the narrator is that of a whiny immature twenty-something girl who spends most of her time feeling sorry for herself, insulting everyone around her and generally making a nuisance. I didn't even feel sorry for her when she almost died crawling out of that well (that she stupidly flung herself into).

multcolib_susannel Aug 08, 2016

Samantha Whipple has always heard her family was heir to a 'treasure' of Bronte memorablilia, but has never believed it...until now..

Bunny_Watson716 Aug 03, 2016

A fun summertime read set at Oxford's Old College, with lots of allusions to the Brontes, allusions to academic obsessions, and a slow to start - and nearly impossible - romance. Good fun!

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sasie
May 31, 2016

This story has a bit of everything. It is part chick-lit, part romance and part mystery. I thought it was fast paced and a bit cheeky and perfect for a fun read. It made me want to dust off my old Bronte novels and re-read them this summer.

abruzzo79 May 28, 2016

Enjoyable, much about reading the Brontes, more about personal and family dysfunction and a little romance.

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melmccurdy
Mar 31, 2016

3.5 stars
An entertaining literary caper featuring the Brontes, Bronte memoribilia, academia, and a taboo romance.
Clever, witty dialog; weak mystery; an overabundance of metaphors and similies.
Now I need to read the Bronte sisters again.

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