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White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

But perhaps you’ve already read Jackson’s novels three times over, and you’re looking for something in the same spirit. Run, don’t walk, to acclaimed novelist Helen Oyememi’s White is for Witching. Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the book has been called “a slow-building neo-Gothic that will leave persevering readers breathless” by the Boston Globe. “If you’ve been missing Shirley Jackson all these many years…here’s a writer who seems to be a direct heir to that lamented one’s gothic throne,” writes the Austin Chronicle.

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