Books by Sarah Waters
NPR stories about Sarah Waters
Author Sarah Waters doesn't believe in ghosts in real life, but that didn't stop her from setting her new novel, The Little Stranger, in a crumbling Warwickshire manor house where mysterious spirits cause havoc.
Although her past works have focused on lesbian themes, class anxiety is the animating force behind Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger, a chilling and psychologically layered haunted-house story set in the aftermath of World War II.
Sarah Waters' novel is told from 1947 backward, and it has much of what we expect of war-time Londoners: bravery, fear and sometimes heroism. But there's more: many of the characters are lesbians.