Rooms a novel

by Oliver, Lauren, 1982-

Format: Book on CD [2014]
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After a number of highly acclaimed New York Times bestsellers, including the Delirium trilogy and the standalone novels Before I Fall and Panic, Lauren Oliver returns with a spellbinding tale that confirms her place as one of our finest storytellers. Fueled by the same inspired feel for plot and character that drew readers to Oliver's earlier works, Rooms is a mesmerizing and suspenseful story of guilt, love, and family secrets.

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family--bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna--have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house's claustrophobic walls, bound eternally to its physical structure. Jostling for space and memory, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself--in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a lightbulb.

The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide--with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Richard Walker has died and his estranged family dipsomaniacal wife, Caroline; adult daughter, Minna; and suicidal 16-year-old son, Trenton have returned to his house, which, though only Trenton senses it, is haunted by the ghosts of two women, Alice and Sandra, who have their own connections to the house. Popular young-adult author Oliver's first adult novel is an unconventional ghost story. Don't expect horror or things that go bump in the night. The focus here is not on what the ghosts are but who they have been. Their stories unfold through their respective first-person narratives while the points of view of the unhappy Walkers emerge in the third person. In keeping with the title, each section of the story takes place in a different room of the house. Without much in the way of action, however, the pace of the story is slow, though it does pick up appreciably near the conclusion as closely guarded secrets and surprising connections are revealed. In the end, patient readers will find the story as haunting as it is haunted.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "YA-bestseller Oliver's (Before I Fall) assured adult debut skillfully weaves an innovative ghost story into a nuanced domestic drama. Upon Richard Walker's death, his scattered family returns to clear out his house, which they hope to inherit. His ex-wife, Caroline, soothes bad marital memories with alcohol. His grown daughter, Minna, brings along her own six-year-old daughter, Amy, and a deep-seated resentment of her father, while his suicidal son, Trenton, struggles with teenage angst in the aftermath of a debilitating car accident. Trenton first senses the haunting presence of others in the home. The spirits of Alice and Sandra, two women who lived in the house at different times, now find themselves confined there together, squabbling with each other as they watch the family cope with Richard's messy legacy. Soon a new female spirit close to Trenton's age enters the house, and Alice conceives a dangerous plan to free herself of its prison. Oliver makes vivid use of both dead and living characters-all of whom are trapped in the past and striving toward a happier existence-to narrate her intricate, suspenseful story. The house's breathing residents and ghosts alike find freedom, and the story culminates with an ending that arrives in dramatic and surprising ways. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Haunted houses -- Fiction.
Inheritance and succession -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Dead -- Fiction.
Ghost stories.
Publisher [Ashland, Oregon] :[2014]
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Cassidy, Orlagh, narrator.
Caruso, Barbara (Actress), narrator.
Evans, Elizabeth, 1932- narrator.
Galvin, Noah, narrator.
Darlow, Cynthia, narrator.
Shaw, Courtney (Courtney Ann), narrator.
Participants/Performers Performed by Barbara Caruso, Orlagh Cassidy, Cynthia Darlow, Elizabeth Evans, Noah Galvin, and Courtney Shaw.
Language English
Title from container.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hrs., 15 min.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781483028538
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