• Hardcover: 272 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 1, 2012)
With some apprehension, the Torrington family is about to celebrate the twentieth birthday of Emerald, the second of three children. Their housekeeper, Florence, plans an elaborate dinner for the family and a few close friends. Charlotte and her children—the romantically handsome and callow Clovis; nine-year old Imogen, known as Smudge, who plots a “Great Undertaking” for the evening; and Emerald herself—are disconsolate at the thought of losing Sterne, their beloved family home.
Originally purchased by Horace Torrington, Charlotte’s first husband and the children’s father, Sterne has become too expensive for the financially strapped family to maintain. Since Horace’s death and Charlotte’s remarriage to Edward Swift, the house remains an important link to the past, a symbol of the family’s position that is intertwined with their sense of identity.
As Edward sets off for Manchester in hopes of obtaining a loan, the rest of the family begins preparing for the dinner party. An evening unlike any other awaits them. Little can the Torringtons imagine, that more than just a few intimate friends are about to arrive at Sterne . . .
“What opens as an amusing Edwardian country house tale soon becomes a sinister tragi-comedy of errors, in which the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion. Sadie Jones is a most talented and imaginative storyteller, and The Uninvited Guests a very clever novel.” — Jacqueline Winspear
“The Uninvited Guests is at once a shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class. It is so well-written, so intricately plotted, that every page delivers some new astonishment. It is a brilliant novel.” — Ann Patchett, New York Times bestselling author of State of Wonder
“What a delicious read! Like something written by a wicked Jane Austen…I was completely captivated by its madcap nature and then, utterly unprepared for the strange fruit that the story became. Passing like a spring fever, here is a fairy tale that stays with you long after it is gone. I couldn’t put it down.” — Sarah Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Postmistress
“I settled in with The Uninvited Guests thinking I knew what kind of Edwardian pleasures were in store…The novel has all of those delightful things, but it also defied every one of my expectations. I saw none of it coming. I read it in one breathless sitting, and finished wanting to give it to everyone I know.” — Maile Meloy, Nationally Bestselling Author of Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It
Sadie Jones’s first novel, The Outcast, won the UK’s coveted Costa First Novel Award and was a finalist for the Orange Prize and the Los Angeles TimesBook Prize for First Fiction. She lives in London.
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Tuesday, May 1st: “That’s Swell!”
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Thursday, May 3rd: Jenny Loves to Read
Monday, May 7th: A Chick Who Reads
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Thursday, May 10th: Stiletto Storytime
Monday, May 14th: Broken Teepee
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Thursday, May 24th: Wandering Thoughts of a Scientific Housewife
Sunday, May 27th: Colloquium
Wednesday, May 30th: A Library of My Own
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Friday, June 1st: The House of the Seven Tails
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