Peculiar Aunt Fanny goes out to the garden after a funeral. When she returns, she claims to the rest of the family that she saw the ghost of her father and he has a warning: the end of the world is coming and only those who stay in the Halloran House will survive.
Ghosts. A creepy mansion. Family drama. End of the world. Complex and devious characters. This book has all the things I like. Shirley Jackson is an absolute master at the details and her characters are always interesting (to say the least). This lesser known novel is quintessential Jackson and not to be missed!
Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson’s stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial
When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world.
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About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story “The Lottery,” which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Her works available from Penguin Classics include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, and Come Along with Me and Life Among the Savages available from Penguin.
Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, the novel BigMachine, and several other works of fiction. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the PEN/Open Book Award, he lives in Queens, New York.
"This is Shirley Jackson at her best. This novel of 12 people in a lonely house awaiting the end of the world will keep you up all night."
—Pensacola News Journal
"The Sundial is entertaining, absorbing and disturbing." —Chicago Tribune