By Shirley Jackson,

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Shirley Jackson's Hangsaman is a story of lurking disquiet and haunting disorientation, inspired by the real-life, unsolved disappearance of a female college student.

'Shirley Jackson's stories are among the most terrifying ever written' Donna Tartt, author of The Goldfinch

Natalie Waite, daughter of a mediocre writer and a neurotic housewife,…

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1 author picked Hangsaman as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Shirley Jackson’s gothic American novels imbued with an eerie sense of the uncanny. Hangsaman is a campus novel about the mysterious disappearance of a freshman student—from the pen of a woman who herself was an academic’s wife at a liberal art’s college at Bennington, where Paula Welden was an American college student who ostensibly disappeared in December 1946 Vermont's Long Trail hiking route. The book is a misty, creepy read and if you research Jackson’s real life, you begin to wonder what is she really telling us?

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