Shirley: A Novel by Susan Scarf Merrell

By Susan Scarf Merrell

Publish 12 months note: First released June twelfth 2013
------------------------

Two enforcing literary figures are on the middle of this fascinating novel: the distinguished Shirley Jackson, top recognized for her brief tale "The Lottery," and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, a literary critic and professor at Bennington collage. whilst a tender graduate pupil and his pregnant wife—Fred and Rose Nemser—move into Shirley and Stanley's domestic within the fall of 1964, they're speedy forged below the magnetic spell in their incredible and proudly unconventional hosts.

whereas Fred turns into preoccupied along with his educating time table, Rose types an not likely, turbulent friendship with the bothered and unpredictable Shirley. enthusiastic about the Hymans' unstable marriage and inexplicable interested in the darkly enigmatic writer, Rose still senses anything amiss—something to do with nightly unanswered telephone calls and inscrutable bills of a long-missing girl scholar. Chillingly atmospheric and evocative of Jackson's personal vintage tales, Shirley is a sublime mystery with one in every of America's maximum horror writers at its center.

Show description

Read or Download Shirley: A Novel PDF

Best suspense books

The Hit (Will Robie, Book 2)

From David Baldacci--#1 bestselling writer and one of many world's preferred, largely learn storytellers--comes the main exciting novel of the yr. THE HIT Will Robie is a grasp of killing. A hugely expert murderer, Robie is the fellow the U. S. executive calls directly to do away with the worst of the worst-enemies of the country, monsters devoted to harming untold numbers of blameless sufferers.

A Certain Justice (Abe Glitsky, Book 1)

While the offended white mob poured out of the bar on San Francisco's Geary road and surrounded an blameless black guy, Kevin Shea was once the single one that attempted to forestall them. He failed, and now, due to a misleading information picture taken through the melee, he's sought after for the homicide himself-and the genuine culprits have threatened his lifestyles if he says a notice.

The Nosferatu Scroll (Chris Bronson, Book 4)

A race-against-time conspiracy mystery with a perilous twist from the bestselling writer of the 1st Apostle.

Bohemia, 1741: at the northern banks of the Vltava River, a rare occasion is occurring. within a personal chapel, a high-born Hungarian girl is being laid to relaxation. yet no longer prior to her middle is faraway from her physique, and he or she is buried underneath a layer of heavy stones—lest she upward thrust back to prey upon her victims.

Venice, 2010: Holidaying within the world's most pretty urban, Chris Bronson and Angela Lewis find a desecrated tomb. within it's a woman skeleton and an arcane diary relationship again hundreds of thousands of years. Written in Latin, it references a scroll that may supply a solution to an historical mystery. quickly corpses of younger girls, all killed within the similar ritualistic demeanour, commence showing through the urban. And whilst Angela disappears, Bronson understands that he needs to locate her prior to she too is slaughtered.

But Bronson's hunt for Angela leads him again to the Island of the lifeless, and right into a conspiracy extra lethal than he might ever have imagined.

Extra info for Shirley: A Novel

Example text

The scent of nachos teased me. My fingers itched to pick up a ball, to send it flying down the lane. I loved bowling. I just hadn’t done it in weeks…because of him. Of Aaron. This was where we had our first date. Where we were supposed to be having a date. Right now. A sharp pang stabbed my heart and each thud was like a hammer against my chest. How had things gotten so messed up? Before we started dating—and even during—I used to think of him as Heart Stopper; I’d see his smile and my heart would give one solid thump and then poof, stop.

Are you getting a divorce? Are we becoming a statistic? ” My father let out a startled laugh, erasing the seriousness from his face for at least two full seconds. ” He quickly waved his hands. ” I let out a deep breath and sat back down, eyeing them warily. I wasn’t ready to relax just yet. The ‘nothing like that’ left a lot of ground uncovered. For instance, they could tell me I had been adopted or something. ” I asked. I shouldn’t have. As soon as the words left my mouth, I knew it’d been a mistake.

And then I burst into hysterics, laughing and crying at the same time. It was a silver necklace with a pendent. The pendent was…I couldn’t fathom the words. It was a small silver heart. Shooting through the heart was a single arrow, the tip made of a black stone. Onyx. My heart leaped and I wasn’t sure my ribs could contain it long. “I’m sorry,” I sobbed, the word bubbling out of nowhere. ” It was beautiful and ironic. And I didn’t deserve it. ” The words, spoken so softly, hit me like a lead fist and went straight through my chest to my heart.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.11 of 5 – based on 21 votes