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The Madwoman Upstairs

(2016)
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In Catherine Lowell's smart and original debut novel - hailed by Deborah Harkness as a "charming and memorable read" - the last remaining descendant of the Bronte family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt, using only the clues her eccentric father left behind, and the Brontes' own novels.

Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. Since her father's untimely death, she is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, paintings, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Bronte family - a hidden fortune never revealed to anyone outside of the family, but endlessly speculated about by Bronte scholars and fanatics. Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate and for all she knows, it's just as fictional as Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights.

But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and long lost objects from her past begin rematerializing in her life, beginning with an old novel annotated in her father's handwriting. With the help of a handsome but inscrutable professor, Samantha plunges into a vast literary mystery and an untold family legacy, one that can only be solved by repurposing the tools of literature and decoding the clues hidden within the Brontes' own novels.

A fast-paced adventure from start to finish for readers who devoured The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, The Madwoman Upstairs is a moving exploration of what happens when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Terrific...A mystery, a love story, and a very dark comedy with thee Brontes." - Charles Baxter


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March 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-78429-768-2 / 978-1-78429-768-8 (UK edition)
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March 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-5011-2421-8 / 978-1-5011-2421-1 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-78429-770-4 / 978-1-78429-770-1 (UK edition)
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November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-5011-2630-X / 978-1-5011-2630-7 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-78429-769-0 / 978-1-78429-769-5 (UK edition)
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January 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-5011-4055-8 / 978-1-5011-4055-6 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

March 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
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March 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
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March 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
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March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-5046-8458-3 / 978-1-5046-8458-3 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-5046-8460-5 / 978-1-5046-8460-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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March 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
ISBN: 1-5046-8459-1 / 978-1-5046-8459-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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March 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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March 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

March 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs: A light-hearted literary comedy
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
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March 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Madwoman Upstairs: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine Lowell
Publisher: Touchstone
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