Two imposing literary figures are at the center of this
captivating novel: the celebrated Shirley Jackson, best known for her short
story “The Lottery,” and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, a literary critic
and professor at Bennington College. When a young graduate student and his
pregnant wife—Fred and Rose Nemser—move into Shirley and Stanley’s home in the
fall of 1964, they are quickly cast under the magnetic spell of their brilliant
and proudly unconventional hosts.
While Fred becomes preoccupied with his teaching schedule,
Rose forms an unlikely, turbulent friendship with the troubled and
unpredictable Shirley. Fascinated by the Hymans’ volatile marriage and inexplicable
drawn to the darkly enigmatic author, Rose nonetheless senses something
amiss—something to do with nightly unanswered phone calls and inscrutable
accounts of a long-missing female student.
Chillingly atmospheric and evocative of Jackson’s own classic
stories, Shirley is an elegant
thriller with one of America’s greatest horror writers at its heart. Download and start listening now!