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The Bird's Nest
by Shirley Jackson
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PublisherPenguin Classics
Release Date2014 (added to CC 1 Oct)
Amazon Sales Rank118,174
Shirley Jackson's third novel, a chilling descent into multiple personalities

Elizabeth is a demure twenty-three-year-old wiling her life away at a dull museum job, living with her neurotic aunt, and subsisting off her dead motherís inheritance. When Elizabeth begins to suffer terrible migraines and backaches, her aunt takes her to the doctor, then to a psychiatrist. But slowly, and with Jacksonís characteristic chill, we learn that Elizabeth is not just one girlóbut four separate, self-destructive personalities. The Birdís Nest, Jacksonís third novel, develops hallmarks of the horror masterís most unsettling work: tormented heroines, riveting familial mysteries, and a disquieting vision inside the human mind.

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