7. The Little Stranger

The Little StrangerWhen my son asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I was at a loss to come up with something so I turned to my Amazon wish list and sent him a couple of ideas. One suggestion, I remembered adding to my wish list: Muriel’s Wedding DVD. I love the movie and wanted to watch it whenever I felt like it. I was a little confused as to the second suggestion, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. I had no idea how this book ended up on my wish list. I finally figured out it must have appeared on my recommendations page because I liked The Thirteenth Tale. I figured, what the heck, it will probably be an okay read.

Andrew, sweetheart that he is, got me both of my suggestions and it didn’t take me long to begin reading The Little Stranger. I loved it immediately. At first glance the book seemed like a Gothic ghost story (yum!), but as I got into the book I saw that it was also a commentary on social issues in Great Britain in the years directly after WWII.

The story is about a middle-aged, bachelor doctor in a small town after WWII. He’s called to attend to an occupant of a crumbling manor house and then becomes drawn into the lives of the people who live there. One of my favorite things about this book is the fact that the house is a major character in the story.

It’s always fun to find a book that I really enjoy, and this was one of them. I highly recommend this book which just came out in paperback.

April 22, 2010. Tags: , . 2010, fiction, unnamed book group, would recommend.

One Comment

  1. Mali replied:

    I like the sound of it. Have added it to my to-read list.

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