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Starling House

Alix E. Harrow



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10 October 2023

Nobody in Eden remembers when Starling House was built. But the town agrees it's best to let this ill-omened mansion - and its last lonely heir - go to hell. Stories of the house's bad luck, like good china, have been passed down the generations.

Opal knows better than to mess with haunted houses, or brooding men. But when an opportunity to work there arises, the money might get her brother out of Eden. Starling House is uncanny and full of secrets - just like Arthur, its heir. It also feels strangely, dangerously, like something she's never had: a home. Yet Opal isn't the only one interested in the horrors and the wonders that lie buried beneath it.

Sinister forces converge on Eden - and Opal realizes that if she wants a home, she'll have to fight for it. Even if it involves digging up her family's ugly past to achieve a better future. She'll have to go down, deep down beneath Starling House, to claw her way back to the light . . .

This is a sweeping gothic fairytale from Hugo, Nebula and Locus Award-shortlisted Alix E. Harrow.
Imprint:   Tor
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   394g
ISBN:   9781529061130
ISBN 10:   152906113X
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Alix E. Harrow is an ex-historian with lots of opinions and excessive library fines, currently living in Kentucky with her husband and their semi-feral children. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her full-length novels include The Ten Thousand Doors of January and The Once and Future Witches.

Reviews for Starling House

This book has everything you could possibly want this fall . . . a cursed town, a haunted house, a vivid and eerie setting—plus, characters willing to risk everything -- Reese Witherspoon, Reese’s Book Club October 2023 Pick Alix E. Harrow is an exceptional, undeniable talent, and Starling House, with its gentle reassurances of the homes we make and the love we deserve, is more than satisfying. It’s pure loveliness in book form -- Olivie Blake, author of <i>The Atlas Six</i> Gorgeous, poignant, and honest—an unforgettable read -- Andrea Stewart, author of <i>The Bone Shard Daughter</i> The gaudy, dark seam between horror and romance. Starling House is Alix E. Harrow’s greatest work yet – if you can survive its slow belly-crawl into hell -- Ava Reid, author of <i>Juniper and Thorn</i> This is gothic fairy tale at its best and truest: dark and romantic, angry and hopeful . . . I loved it -- H.G. Parry, author of <i>The Magician's Daughter</i> This book is as knife-edged and sharp as its protagonist, a rich and strange exploration of home and need and want . . . A smart, spectacular contemporary Gothic -- Kat Howard, author of <i>An Unkindness of Magicians</i> This is one you’re going to love -- <i>Glamour Magazine</i> Tender and triumphant . . . Starling House will no doubt take its place alongside fiction’s most memorable haunted houses -- <i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Starred Review Harrow’s mash-up of twisted fairy tales and Southern gothic fiction is a haunting story of longing, lies, and generational curses -- <i>Library Journal</i>, Starred Review Alix E. Harrow is a fantasy author who just does not miss. This magical, heartfelt haunted house tale is no different -- <i>Paste Magazine</i> Devastating, eerie and upbeat -- <i>SFX</i> A spooky story about how hidden truths always come back to haunt you --  <i>Kirkus</i>, Starred Review

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