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About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote such classic novels as We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, "The Lottery." Her work has been adapted to film, television, and theater and has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Richard Matheson.
"Bernadette Dunne, her voice all sweetness and smiles with only the slightest tinge of the sinister, gives a fully vocalized reading that enhances the increasing unsettling plot."-- "SoundCommentary (audio review)"
"This story is a happy combination: a gripping listen matched to a narrator who delivers the story perfectly. While it's not action packed, thrilling, tense, or any of those other adjectives usually applied to a mystery, one just cannot switch it off...It's a compelling journey to the depths of the human soul, with an ethereal narration that almost defies description. Just listen."-- "AudioFile"
"A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty."-- "New York Times"
I have always felt that some writers should be read and never reviewed. Their talent is haunting and oblique; their mastery of the craft seems complete...And now, Miss Jackson has made it even more difficult for a reviewer to seem pertinent; all he can do is bestow praise.-- "New York Times Book Review"
In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents...She was unique.-- "Newsweek"
Jackson's novel emerges less as a study in eccentricity and more-like some of her other fictions-as a powerful critique of the anxious, ruthless processes involved in the maintenance of normality itself.-- "Amazon.com"
"Bernadette Dunne's reading is flawlessly paced and suspenseful. The voices she provides the cast of characters are spot on: precocious Merricat is haunted and increasingly desperate; Constance is doting but detached; Uncle Julian is both pleasantly dotty and utterly unnerving; and Charles is the conniving villain listeners will love to hate. A treat for fans of mystery and suspense."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"