Life Among The Savages

Author: Shirley Jackson
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  • : $19.99(AUD)
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  • : August 2019
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  • : Shirley Jackson
  • : Penguin Modern Classics Ser.
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  • : English
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Description

A darkly funny account of family life from the author of The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery


'Sometimes, in my capacity as a mother, I find myself sitting open-mouthed and terrified before my own children'


As well as being a master of the macabre, Shirley Jackson was also a pitch-perfect chronicler of everyday family life. In Life Among the Savages, her caustically funny account of raising her children in a ramshackle house in Vermont, she deals with rats in the cellar, misbehaving imaginary friends, an oblivious husband and ever-encroaching domestic chaos, all described with wit, warmth and plenty of bite.


'Jackson's family chronicles have a genuinely subversive aspect ... Read today, her pieces feel surprisingly modern - mainly because she refuses to sentimentalize or idealize motherhood' The New York Times Book Review


'Comic masterpieces, laced with hints of the discontent that lies beneath' Guardian