New York Times bestselling author of BEFORE I FALL and the DELIRIUM trilogy comes Lauren Oliver's brilliant adult debut ROOMS, in which two ghosts inhabit the walls of an old house and steer the lives of one family.
Wealthy, old Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his vast country house full of rooms packed with junk, mementos, and valuable possessions. But the house is alive and awake, and inhabited by two ghosts: Alice, a prim and slightly repressed exemplar of the 1920s, and Sandra, a high-spirited representative of the 1960s and 1970s, both once living residents at the very same address. Bound eternally to the physical structure of the home, Alice and Sandra, long-dead, jostle for space, memory, and supremacy within the house's claustrophobic walls, observing the Walkers, reminiscing about their lives, and speaking through the sounds of the old house: a hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, a light bulb explodes. And everyone clings to a secret, even the ghosts.
When Richard Walker's ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and daughter Minna arrive to read his will, they unwittingly set the stage for an explosive clash. Alice and Sandra have grown irritated with each other over the decades. Alice longs to be free, but how? Perhaps if she destroys the house, burns it down to rubble, she might finally escape? But when a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to converse with her, the ghost and human worlds collide with cataclysmic results.
In this adult debut, as elegantly constructed as it is brilliantly paced, New York Times bestelling author Lauren Oliver, of the acclaimed novel BEFORE I FALL and the powerful DELIRUM trilogy, delivers a brilliantly imaginative ghost story that is equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.
Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA novel Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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