The Sundial (Paperback)
When a spinster aunt has an apocalyptic vision (brought to her by her dead father), 12 people in a country house await the end of the world in this classic, but lesser-known, Shirley Jackson tale. As the assembled characters prepare for the coming end, tensions mount, egos rise, and a wonderful party is planned. This is Jackson at her darkest, funniest best. —Anthony— From Staff Favorites List- Winter 2019
Before there was Hill House, there was the Halloran mansion of Jackson’s stunningly creepy fourth novel, The Sundial
When the Halloran clan gathers at the family home for a funeral, no one is surprised when the somewhat peculiar Aunt Fanny wanders off into the secret garden. But then she returns to report an astonishing vision of an apocalypse from which only the Hallorans and their hangers-on will be spared, and the family finds itself engulfed in growing madness, fear, and violence as they prepare for a terrible new world.
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About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) received wide critical acclaim for her short story “The Lottery,” which was first published in the New Yorker in 1948. Her works available from Penguin Classics include We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Haunting of Hill House, and Come Along with Me and Life Among the Savages available from Penguin.
Victor LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, the novel Big Machine, and several other works of fiction. The recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the PEN/Open Book Award, he lives in Queens, New York.
"This is Shirley Jackson at her best. This novel of 12 people in a lonely house awaiting the end of the world will keep you up all night."
—Pensacola News Journal
"The Sundial is entertaining, absorbing and disturbing."