The Upstairs House

February 23, 2021
The Upstairs House

A provocative meditation on new motherhood—ShirleyJackson meets The Awakening—in which a postpartumwoman's psychological unraveling becomes intertwined with theghostly appearance of children's book writer Margaret WiseBrown.There's a madwoman upstairs, and only Megan Weiler can seeher.Ravaged and sore from giving birth to her first child, Megan ismostly raising her newborn alone while her husband travels forwork. Physically exhausted and mentally drained, she's also wrackedwith guilt over her unfinished dissertation—a thesis on mid-centurychildren's literature.Enter a new upstairs neighbor: the ghost of quixotic children'sbook writer Margaret Wise Brown—author of the beloved classicGoodnight Moon—whose existence no one else will acknowledge. Itseems Margaret has unfinished business with her former lover, theonce-famous socialite and actress Michael Strange, and isdetermined to draw Megan into the fray. As Michael joins thehaunting, Megan finds herself caught in the wake of a supernaturalpower struggle—and until she can find a way to quiet these spirits,she and her newborn daughter are in terrible danger.Using Megan's postpartum haunting as a powerful metaphor for awoman's fraught relationship with her body and mind, JuliaFine once again delivers an imaginative and “barelyrestrained, careful musing on female desire, loneliness, andhereditary inheritances”.