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Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

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I’m not sure if I can say anything more than what has already been said about why it’s such a darn good book.

While hers, she reminded herself, had been a moral burden, something to worry about giving, indicating loss when given. Despite this, Tillman’s book is an accomplished and meaningful feat, representing women’s internal and external quandaries, while also exploring darker sides of human nature. Haunted Houses follows the journey from girlhood to womanhood of three girls who feel they don’t fit into the societal norm of what is expected from women and girls. Today, the sad young woman is probably publishing's highest grossing trope, and the cultural 'market' in general is finally interested in the strained interiority of girls.Events and details arrest your reading on every page, conjuring experience in all its shades of feeling. Haunted Houses is about the past within the present, the inescapability of private memory and public history.

In 1987, when Haunted Houses was first published, the figure of the young girl was hardly a topic of literary interest—unless, of course, she was being written about by men; unless she was extraordinary, a woman or a story, in a way that the (often white, and male) tastemakers could not afford to ignore. Reading Haunted Houses feels like happening upon the very source of the “sad girl” genre that is so popular right now, which perhaps positions Tillman herself as the godmother of sad girl literature.Instead, the genius of Haunted Houses lies in its distillation of certain lived truths with uncanny precision: ticks I didn't realise I had until I read them described, acts I thus far assumed were uniquely, shamefully mine.

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