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The Bird's Nest Paperback – January 28, 2014
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Elizabeth is a demure twenty-three-year-old wiling her life away at a dull museum job, living with her neurotic aunt, and subsisting off her dead mother’s inheritance. When Elizabeth begins to suffer terrible migraines and backaches, her aunt takes her to the doctor, then to a psychiatrist. But slowly, and with Jackson’s characteristic chill, we learn that Elizabeth is not just one girl—but four separate, self-destructive personalities. The Bird’s Nest, Jackson’s third novel, develops hallmarks of the horror master’s most unsettling work: tormented heroines, riveting familial mysteries, and a disquieting vision inside the human mind.
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—New York Herald Tribune
"Shirley Jackson's best novel.... The Bird's Nest is brilliant, swift, at times immensely funny, and alternately frightening. Shirley Jackson's portrayal of a personality in disintegration is masterful."
About the Author
Kevin Wilson is the bestselling author of The Family Fang and the recipient of a Shirley Jackson Award for his story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth. His writing has appeared in Tin House, One Story, and other publications. He lives in Sewanee, Florida.
- Publisher : Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143107038
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143107033
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #245,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bird’s Nest is a remarkable book, challenging and revelatory. Unlike other books featuring MPD, it has a very well-crafted plot that swiftly sweeps the reader along, just like white-water rafting. I can’t recommend this highly enough. If you are interested in the mystery of the self, then this book is for you.
There are loose threads to the narrative. It is hinted at that Elizabeth's mother may have been neglectful. What was the relationship to Robin and the unspecified trauma? What was the nature of Elizabeth's mother's death.
Dr Wright did not seem very realistic but that seems to be Shirley Jackson's wry way of dealing with authority figures in her works. His notes were more personal reactions to the various personalities rather than objective observations of a clinician regarding a case.
Still, it was a good read and the suspense of wanting to see what happens next propels the reader onward. It is also a pioneering effort to a still misunderstood and over-diagnosed (in recent years) psychological disorder.
A must for any hardcore Shirley Jackson fan.
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The book is told from varying perspectives and one of these is the doctor treating Elizabeth. I enjoyed reading it from the doctor's perspective; Shirley captures his professional voice exquisitely, which makes the novel very Victorian-esque in its diction. Its interesting to see the character development through multiple lenses (even if you have an idea of what's going to happen). There is definitely a slower build with this book than I noticed with "We Have Always Lived in the Castle," which makes reading some sections a bit tedious (the doctor's accounts of interviewing and hypnotising Elizabeth repeatedly gets somewhat dull after a few pages). We should note, however, that this novel in the *middle* of her bibliography, so in my opinion, it forecasts the great heights of her later works (The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle) even if it is not her strongest novel.
Reviewed in Mexico on September 18, 2018