Last Updated: September 28, 2023
The unassuming young heroine meets handsome and wealthy widower Maxim de Winter, whose sudden proposal of marriage surprises her. She is rescued from an overbearing employer and is whisked off to Manderley, de Winter’s estate on the Cornish coast. There, things take a chilling turn as Max is haunted by the memories of Rebecca, his first wife. The second Mrs. de Winter becomes determined to uncover the dark secrets that threaten her happiness, no matter the cost.
Florence Darrow, a low-level publishing employee, becomes brilliant author Maud Dixon’s assistant. Maud’s real identity is a secret. As they travel to Morocco, where Maud’s new book is set, Florence wakes up in the hospital one day after a terrible car crash and no memory of what happened. Maud is gone, and Florence decides instead of hiding in her shadow to upgrade into Maud’s life.
Told through three unique interwoven narratives, this novel reimagines a chapter in the life of Sylvia Plath, telling the story behind the creation of her classic, semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar.
Nina Hill, who battles with anxiety, leads a simple and pleasant life working at a bookstore. When she finds out her father, a man she never knew, has died, she’s thrust into an enormous extended family, all demanding her attention. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions, and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world and her heart is a risk worth taking.
When 15-year-old Cat meets the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena, she’s quickly lured into her orbit. They turn their rural Michigan town into their playground as Cat catalogues her many firsts and Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead. Now, decades later, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.
The narrator, Neil, takes Professor Elizabeth Finch’s Culture and Civilization course, meant for adults of all ages, and develops an unrequited crush on her. Other personal and familial relationships drift from Neil’s grasp as, even after her death, Elizabeth and the application of her teachings remains important to Neil.