The Children's Home: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 5, 2016 - Fiction - 224 pages
A “disquieting” (The New York Times) and mesmerizing tale from an award-winning British author about a mysterious group of children who appear to a disfigured recluse and his country doctor—a tale that “[stirs] the imagination in the manner of Roald Dahl or C.S. Lewis” (Winnepeg Free Press).

In a sprawling estate lives Morgan Fletcher, the disfigured heir to a fortune of mysterious origins. Morgan spends his days in quiet study, avoiding his reflection in mirrors and the lake at the end of his garden. One day, two children, Moira and David, appear. Morgan takes them in, giving them free reign. Then more children begin to show up.

Dr. Crane, the town physician and Morgan’s lone tether to the outside world, is as taken with the children as Morgan, and begins to spend more time in Morgan’s library. But the children behave strangely. They show a prescient understanding of Morgan’s past, and their bizarre discoveries in the mansion attics grow increasingly disturbing. Every day the children seem to disappear into the hidden rooms of the estate, and perhaps, into the hidden corners of Morgan’s mind.

“A one-of-a-kind literary horror story” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), The Children’s Home is “an absorbing and dream-like narrative that recalls both the pastoral gothic of Shirley Jackson and the dystopic vision of John Wyndham” (Columbus Dispatch). “Written with charm and restraint,” (The Missourian), Lambert’s American debut weaves elements of psychological suspense and neo-gothic horror to reveal the grotesque—as well as the glimmers of goodness—buried deep within the soul. “This genre-bending horror story is sure to haunt you in all the best ways” (Bustle).
 

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User Review  - Linda.Bass - LibraryThing

I freely chose to review this book and I truly enjoyed it. Charles Lambert is unknown to me and I am glad for the chance. The Children's Home is a dark and eerie story where children appear on a ... Read full review

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

Hmmm. Okay, I'll give it a go: ooh, deliciously creepy to blah blah blah to what in the actual fuck to blah blah blah to aw that's sad. Some piercing visual imagery but ultimately a let down with ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
8
Section 3
12
Section 4
19
Section 5
26
Section 6
30
Section 7
48
Section 8
51
Section 19
121
Section 20
129
Section 21
131
Section 22
135
Section 23
139
Section 24
152
Section 25
161
Section 26
170

Section 9
56
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
76
Section 13
84
Section 14
89
Section 15
96
Section 16
101
Section 17
107
Section 18
117
Section 27
173
Section 28
176
Section 29
179
Section 30
185
Section 31
191
Section 32
198
Section 33
203
Section 34
211
Section 35
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Charles Lambert is the author of many novels, short stories, and the memoir, With a Zero at its Heart, which was named one of The Guardian’s Ten Best Books of the Year in 2014. In 2007, he won an O. Henry Award for his short story, “The Scent of Cinnamon.” He has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lichfield Prize, and the Willesden Short Story Prize. He was born in Lichfield, England, and currently lives near Rome, Italy.

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