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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.

©1953 Shirley Jackson (P)2020 Penguin Audio


"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)

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