The Madwoman Upstairs

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The Madwoman Upstairs

The Madwoman Upstairs In this smart and enthralling debut in the spirit of The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics the only remaining descendant of the Bront family embarks on a modern day literary scaven

  • Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
  • Author: Catherine Lowell
  • ISBN: 9781501124211
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this smart and enthralling debut in the spirit of The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the only remaining descendant of the Bront family embarks on a modern day literary scavenger hunt to find the family s long rud secret estate, using clues her eccentric father left behind.Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes.In this smart and enthralling debut in the spirit of The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the only remaining descendant of the Bront family embarks on a modern day literary scavenger hunt to find the family s long rud secret estate, using clues her eccentric father left behind.Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes As the last remaining descendant of the Bront family, she s rud to have inherited a vital, mysterious portion of the Bront s literary estate diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts a hidden fortune that s never been shown outside of the family.But Samantha has never seen this rud estate, and as far as she knows, it doesn t exist She has no interest in acknowledging what the rest of the world has come to find so irresistible namely, the sudden and untimely death of her eccentric father, or the cryptic estate he has bequeathed to her.But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and bits and pieces of her past start mysteriously arriving at her doorstep, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father s handwriting As and bizarre clues arrive, Samantha soon realizes that her father has left her an elaborate scavenger hunt using the world s greatest literature With the aid of a handsome and elusive Oxford professor, Samantha must plunge into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by decoding the clues hidden within the Bront s own writing.A fast paced adventure from start to finish, this vibrant and original novel is a moving exploration of what it means when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.

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    1. karen on said:

      when i first heard about this book, i was delighted and thought, "someone has written a book just for meeeee!" brontës?? check! scavenger hint? check! campus setting? check! and yete book is fine, but it did not delight. it's being compared to Special Topics in Calamity Physics, and that's a really good comparison, because that was another book i thought i would love like candy, but found to be a little twee; a little cutesie-pie, and not at all living up to its own comparison to The Secret His [...]

    2. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      And here comes the "real review" or technically speaking me trying to write something that isn't 100% gushing over how much I love the book and failing completelySamantha Whipple is a bright young girl whose loss of her father a couple of years ago still pains her a lot. She is however not an orphan, her mother lives in Paris. But Samantha has always had a closer relationship with her father than her mother. So living without him is tough for her. Especially since they also shared another thing [...]

    3. Susan on said:

      This is a delightfully witty and intelligent novel, which uses the work of the Bronte’s and a setting steeped in academia to take readers on a clever, literary treasure hunt. Samantha Whipple is the last remaining family member of the Bronte’s – her father, author Tristan Whipple, being descended from one of the siblings of the Bronte patriarch, Patrick. Home schooled by her father, Samantha has grown up with the shadows of the Bronte sisters looming large over her life. Now, with her belo [...]

    4. Anmiryam on said:

      I read this several months ago and struggled with how to talk about it then. I'm still struggling, but I don't want to forget about it completely. So here I go -- warning, this is long, windy, and harsh. I don't usually get angry at books, but this one did it to me. Was it the excellent blurbs from writers who's craft I respect (Charles Baxter I'm looking at you)? Was it that I felt misled by the cute cover? Or, am I totally wrong; this is a good book and it's just me? I don't think it's just me [...]

    5. Carol Clouds ꧁꧂ on said:

      3.5★I won this book in an online book quiz & at first I was really engaged. The fictional Samantha Whipple, last remaining descendant of the Brontë family is quite definitely a three dimensional character - a wisecracking, smart alecky loner. She has arrived to study at Oxford to find that even academics firmly believe she or her late father have Brontë memorabilia hidden away.Now confession time. I'm not a big Brontë fan. The only one of their novels I have both finished and enjoyed wa [...]

    6. Rebecca Foster on said:

      (DNF @ 56%) There was every reason for me to love this novel – awkward American narrator, Oxford setting, Brontë connections aplenty, snarky literary criticism – but I got bored with it. Perhaps it was the first-person narration: being stuck in sarcastic Samantha Whipple’s head means none of the other characters feel real; they’re just paper dolls, with Orville a poor excuse for a Mr. Rochester substitute. I did laugh out loud a few times at Samantha’s unorthodox responses to classic [...]

    7. Jennifer on said:

      This book isn't perfect, but it's perfect for me. It's EVERYTHING I wanted, plus things I didn't even know to ask for. Smart, snarky, funny, surprising, moving. Prepare for some serious love in my next video wrap up.

    8. Book of Secrets ☘ on said:

      Jane Eyre ♥ and Wuthering Heights ♥ are two of my favorite novels, so I couldn't pass this one up. THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS is about the last living Brontë descendant, and her quest to find the family's missing literary estate - if it actually exists at all. Samantha Whipple is a new student at Oxford. Soon after her arrival in England, she starts receiving obscure clues to finding the mysterious Brontë inheritance. Samantha was an okay character. She's young and awkward, and tries to compens [...]

    9. Terri on said:

      This was a fun book club read and our members either loved it or thought it was just okay. I think my expectations were just too high. I thought it was slow in parts and I didn't enjoy the main character very much. The Oxford setting was enjoyable and i would be interested in reading her future books.

    10. Erika Robuck on said:

      Rarely is a narrative voice so charming, awkward, and hilarious as it is in THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS. I laughed out loud through the entire book. Samantha Whipple–Brontë descendant, Oxford student, grieving daughter–is delightfully inept in every possible way. She is all of us at our worst moments, and we root for her and feel for her because of it.Though it’s hard to imagine, think of this novel as if it were a hilarious and more accessible version of Byatt’s POSSESSION. There is family d [...]

    11. Jenna on said:

      With apologies to the Brontes - I just can't with this book. How can I be finding a Bronte-themed scavenger hunt academia plot multaneously irritating and a snoozefest? I'm not sure, but I'm jumping ship.

    12. Jasmine Chimento on said:

      Guess I'm one of the few people that really didn't like this book. I found the main character to be snotty and unlikeable. Didn't buy that she would be super paparazzi-style famous just for being a distant descendant of the Brontes. Also, didn't buy the love story deal because they never seemed to have a civil conversation with each other. It bugged me that Samantha seemed to have something she didn't like about every single person she met.Oh well, to each their own I guess.

    13. Nadia King on said:

      The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell took over my life. I literally could not put it down. Now I have finished it I feel strangely empty as if something is missing. I think this is called a book hang-over.To sum up in a sentence – think the Brontes, a young American Samantha Whipple studying English Literature at Oxford University and a dark and brooding tutor. Utter perfection for a girl like me, who loves the classics and a bit of modern-day romance.Lowell’s debut novel follows Samant [...]

    14. Audra (Unabridged Chick) on said:

      This is the kind of book that gets the cutesy adjectives thrown at it -- quirky, charming, playful, breezy -- and they're all apt. This is a quirky, charming, playful, and breezy read, a kind of chick-lit-y coming-of-age story that did, I confess, occasionally kill me with the snark, but ultimately had me sighing with satisfaction as I closed it.Our narrator, Samantha Whipple, is that last living descendant of the Brontes, and is newly arrived at Oxford University where she plans to study modern [...]

    15. Megan Lyons on said:

      I was really excited to read this book. The idea of a literary scavenger hunt was so much fun. I was expecting a book lovers version of the "Da Vinci Code", or a charming madcap literary ode, like Jasper Fforde's "The Eyre Affair". However, this book was a bit of a mess. The plot was all over the place, and not that much really happened. The main character was unlikeable, and the romance was strange and underdeveloped. This was perhaps because it was supposed to be an updating of the relationshi [...]

    16. Pia on said:

      I have to start this review saying I absolutely loved this book. Sometimes I surprise myself because I think I don't like books that can be tagged as women's fiction, romance or chick-lit, but deep down I love them. And if you add that there's books and a mystery involved, it's so much better, right?When Samantha Whipple arrives at Oxford to study Literature, she tries to forget she's the last of the Brontë's. Yes, Brontë as in Charlotte, Anne and Emily. Lonely and a bit awkward, she makes few [...]

    17. Charlie Lovett on said:

      This is tricky book for me to review, because, like my novels, it is about old books and secrets and English literature. Written by an American and set in England, it just has a lot in common with a Charlie Lovett novel, which makes it hard for me to get much distance on it. That said, there were parts I found delightful and charming and characters that flew off the page. I agree with Erika Robuck that the protagonist was a hot mess but, unlike Erika, I was not always charmed by this. Sometimes [...]

    18. Éowyn on said:

      I thought this sounded a really interesting idea, modern day woman, descended from the Bronte family uncovers secrets from the history of her family. While I didn't dislike it, I didn't really love it either. For about the first half of the book I found it a bit of a struggle as I found the protagonist, Samantha Whipple, rather hard to like. I'm not even sure I liked her that much by the end of the book to be honest.Samantha has had rather an odd upbringing, which would account for some of her s [...]

    19. Heather Webb on said:

      Brilliant! This novel oozed with sarcasm, witty repartee, and a meaty analysis of the Brontes' famed works that had me zipping through it in just a few days. You also get a dash of love story and a touching father-daughter story, all set at Oxford. In short, I loved it. Recommending to every book-loving friend I know!

    20. Sara on said:

      A fascinating, strangely eerie, but frankly empty modern retelling of "Jane Eyre" where Jane is the last heir of the Bronte's and may have Aspergers, Mr. Rochester has a bad habit of getting a little too friendly with his grad students and the madwoman in the attic is played by more than one character. Unfortunately for all its clever updating the key ingredient that makes "Jane Eyre" the gothic classic it remains to this day, passion, is sorely lacking and very much missed.Samantha Whipple's fa [...]

    21. Figgy on said:

      Lowell offers a story that delves into classic literature without leaving the reader behind. She gives us enough information to help us understand the underlying messages in the classics Samantha studies, without feeling like we’re drowning under so much regurgitated literature, even if we’re not well versed with the titles.In fact, a reader who hasn’t read these classics will find themselves inclined to do so. Soon. And a reader who has read some will no doubt find something to add to the [...]

    22. Alex Andrasik on said:

      I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss.I didn't like this book. Sorry. A lot of it struck me as preposterous. This is a world where the fate and scandals of writers, academics, and the descendants of 19th century Romantic authors are somehow front page news, where characters (yes, more than one) go by completely different names than their given ones just to preserve "shocking" revelations later in the narrative, where an important plot point hinges on a character being presumed d [...]

    23. Sophie on said:

      Originally published at solittletimeforbooks.I’m just going to come out and say it: The Madwoman Upstairs is my favourite book of 2016 so far. I loved every single word of it.My love of classics has increased significantly over the years, and after reading Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre last year and then Agnes Grey in January, so has my love for the Brontës. I jumped at the chance to take part in the blog tour for this book and I'm so, so glad I did. I went in not knowing very much, only th [...]

    24. Riley Johnson on said:

      OHMYGOD. Sure, arrogance can be perceived in these pages if it's looked for. Not the first time this criticism has been lobbed at academia. And yes, Lowell rambles a bit. Whatever. I LOVED this book. My English classes were my favorite part of school, because there's nothing like discovering a new lens through which to view something you've seen a thousand times. This book captured everything I love about an academic discussion and threw it together with one of my favorite literary families, som [...]

    25. Karen on said:

      This book was recommended to me by my daughter, who works in the book-related industry and gets lots of ARCs (as a full-time student, not that she has time to read all of them.) However, this book she finished in one sitting, and found it funny, unique and eloquent. The story's taken place at Oxford University about an English major (like she is currently) does not hurt, either.The book, strangely, reminded me of An Unnecessary Woman. The female protagonists in both books were intelligent, book- [...]

    26. Damaskcat on said:

      A distant relative of the Brontes arrives at Oxford to study literature. Samantha Whipple has had an unusual upbringing and as she admits herself, she is lacking in social graces and small talk. Fortunately the college has allotted her a room in an isolated old tower which appears to have had a somewhat dubious history and which is dominated by a depressing painting which she calls The Governess.Samantha's tutor, James Orville, seems very strange and rather frightening to her at first and it see [...]

    27. Penny on said:

      2.5A strange mixture of a book. Very unfortunately Lowell names one of her main characters Orville. Now, say the name 'Orville' to any British person over a certain age and their first thought is very likely to be of a large green duck who wears nothing but a nappy with a large safety pin on the front and who speaks with a silly falsetto voice. I suspect Lowell wanted us to think of Orville as being in the same mould as the brooding and enigmatic Constantin Héger, Charlotte's tutor in Brussels. [...]

    28. Jenny on said:

      Brilliant! I loved the mixture of history, drama, mystery, comedy, and English Literature. Anxiously awaiting more books from this very talented author.

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