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  • Published: 24 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143127291
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99
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Raising Demons


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A celebration of the strangeness of ordinary family life and a portrait of the 1950s ripped straight out of Mad Men and Norman Rockwell, Raising Demons is Shirley Jackson's reminder that every bit as thrilling as a murderous family in a haunted house is a loving family in a new home.

In the uproarious sequel to Life Among the Savages, Shirley Jackson confronts the most vexing demons yet: her children.

In the long out-of-print sequel to Life Among the Savages, Jackson’s four children have grown from savages into full-fledged demons. After bursting the seams of their first house, Jackson’s clan moves into a larger home. Of course, the chaos simply moves with them. A confrontation with the IRS, Little League, trumpet lessons, and enough clutter to bury her alive—Jackson spins them all into an indelible reminder that every bit as thrilling as a murderous family in a haunted house is a happy family in a new home.

'Hilarious, subversive, sharp without being lethal, and loving without an ounce of sentiment, Shirley Jackson's more-or-less autobiographical account of life as a mother of four and faculty wife (and brilliant writer) is an eternal, comic joy.' Amy Bloom

  • Pub date: 24 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780143127291
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1949. Her novels - which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House - are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

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