Chevalier’s welcomes novelist Catherine Lowell on Wednesday, March 23rd at 7pm for a discussion of her book The Madwoman Upstairs. Set in the modern day, this fast-paced, smart debut novel is a mystery, romance and dark comedy about the last descendant of the Brontë family. A must read for anyone who has been fascinated by the writings and lives of the Brontë sisters!
As the last remaining descendant of the Brontë family, Samantha Whipple is used to stirring up speculation wherever she goes. After the untimely death of her eccentric father Samantha is the presumed heir to a long-rumored trove of diaries, letters, and early novel drafts passed down from the Brontë family—a hidden fortune whose existence has been endlessly debated by Brontë scholars and fanatics. Samantha, however, has never seen this alleged estate, and for all she knows it’s just as fictional as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.
But everything changes when Samantha enrolls at Oxford University and long lost objects from her past begin rematerializing in her life. 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 Brontës’ own novels.
A fast-paced adventure from start to finish, this smart and original novel is a moving exploration of what happens when the greatest truth is, in fact, fiction.
—Anne Fortier, author of Juliet