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Lolly Willowes

Lolly Willowes

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"This is the witty, eerie, tender but firm life history of a middle-class Englishwoman who politely declines to make the expected connection with the opposite sex and becomes a witch instead." — John Updike

Forty-seven-year-old Lolly Willowes is a conventional maiden aunt, an unpaid companion and babysitter to her brothers' children. After years of submission to her controlling family, she develops a longing for the countryside and dark, wild places that impels her to flee London for a remote village.

Lolly soon discovers that her new neighbors are a coven of bohemian witches and eventually encounters Satan himself — a genial country gentleman who's ready to make a pact. 

The first-ever selection of the Book of the Month Club upon its 1926 publication, Lolly Willowes was a surprise international bestseller. This proto-feminist work has since been chosen as one of the Guardian's 100 Best Novels of All Time, and it remains a richly satirical novel that celebrates the joys of self-actualization.

  • ISBN9780486843483, 0486843483
  • Page count160
  • PublishedMarch 18, 2020
  • FormatPaperback
  • PublisherDover Publications
  • LanguageEnglish
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