THE MADWOMAN UP­STAIRS

BY CATHER­INE LOW­ELL, SI­MON & SCHUS­TER.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

Is it a love story? A mys­tery? Or is it some se­ri­ously in­tense lit­er­ary crit­i­cism? The Madwoman Up­stairs is a hap­pily strange mash-up of them all. Sa­man­tha Whip­ple is a stu­dent at Ox­ford, liv­ing in a spooky win­dow-less tower room, and liv­ing down the fact that she is a di­rect de­scen­dent of the Brontë fam­ily. Over­shad­owed by her own “per­sonal curse” of be­ing re­lated to the “three most fa­mous dead women in all of Eng­land”, and still griev­ing the death of her ec­cen­tric al­co­holic fa­ther, Sa­man­tha is some­what lost, but al­ways amus­ing. Throw in an at­trac­tive tu­tor, some screwy the­o­ries about the com­pelling Brontë sis­ters, and the mys­tery of a pos­si­ble in­her­i­tance, and you have a joy­ously un­hinged genre buster, a won­der­fully weird flight of fancy. LM

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