Kathryn Davis

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Narrated By: Elisabeth Rodgers

Duration: 5 hours and 51 minutes

What to expect

Hell—part mystery, part domestic meditation, part horror story—is a brilliantly eerie novel in which three households coexist in a single restless vision: a dollhouse; a dysfunctional family in 1950s Philadelphia; and the cottage home of Edwina Moss, a nineteenth-century expert on domestic management.

While the inhabitants of the dollhouse are powerless to shape their destiny, the four members of the Philadelphia family dedicate themselves to mutual vigilance, as if it might be possible to forestall disaster. Meanwhile, Edwina Moss concedes domestic control to the imagination and, finally, to the spirit of the great culinary artist and chef to Napoleon, Antonin Carême.


Fiction: general and literary, Crime and mystery fiction, Horror and supernatural fiction, Thriller / suspense fiction, Family life fiction

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“A tour de force made up of the surreal and the poetic, of skillful shifts in voices, settings, and eras.”