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A compulsive and chilling debut about a girl growing up in a cult
WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO LEAVE?
Green and Blue are sisters.
Foxlowe is home. Outside is Bad.
Why can’t Blue?
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Like falling under a beautiful witch’s spell, Foxlowe took us on a disorienting but thrilling journey. Our narrator is Green, a damaged young girl born into the Family—a cult housed in a decaying English manor. Green has never known any other life, but her stories and memories make it clear that her upbringing has been frightfully lonely and unusually cruel. First-time novelist Eleanor Wasserberg brilliantly conjures a sinister atmosphere, keeping us on edge as the community starts to implode and the children find their way through the rubble.
In Wasserberg's absorbingly creepy debut, a young girl grows up in an isolated commune at the edge of a Stonehenge-like group of standing stones. Born in the decaying old mansion that is the home of a "ragtag group" called the Family, the girl known only as Green tells her story from her own limited point of view, leaving the reader to infer much that the narrator can't understand. It's a literary perspective much like that of Emma Donoghue's Room, and used to equally chilling effect here. Green's troubled mother, Freya, one of the group's founders, alternately smothers her daughter with affection and punishes her in grisly ways to get rid of "the Bad." When a baby the Family names Blue is brought in from the feared outside world, Green is wracked with jealousy, and the stage is set for the downfall of the already distressed commune. Though the ending of the novel is violent, that horror arises naturally out of what precedes it. The narrator's voice is equal parts naive and wise; Wasserberg has a gift for allowing the reader into this world inch by inch while playing up its claustrophobic nature, as well as the aspects that make Green susceptible to its enchantments.