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The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
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Jul 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, june-2009, ghost-stories, psychological-fiction
Read in June, 2009

Water's latest delves into the recent past: Britain in the post Great-War era, where class distinctions are disintegrating as the economy crumbles, and manor-born are no longer necessarily better off than village-born.

The Little Stranger focuses on the remaining family members of a crumbling manse as seen through the eyes of the local country doctor who grew up in the village, and whose parents sacrificed everything to send him to medical school.

As the lands of the manse continue to be sold to make minimal ends meet, the son of the family, Rupert, an injured RAF veteran, is disintegrating mentally as he hides the extent of his concerns about the family property, and about his injuries from his mother and sister. Meanwhile, sister Caroline is not as clueless as he thinks, and wishes he would let her help. Both of them try to protect their mother. And it becomes clear that they are protecting themselves and each other from something more than the extreme levels of stress they are each under.


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