Review: ‘Rustication’ by Charles Palliser a feverish, Gothic tale | Tampa Bay Times

Rustification

Getting suspended from college is a bummer. Coming home to find your mom and sister have moved into the House of Usher is worse. But that’s not the only problem facing 17-year-old Richard, the feverish narrator of Rustication. Richard’s father has just died, deeply in debt, amid rumors of unspeakable acts. His tubercular mother has a tenuous claim on an inheritance, but until that judgment comes through — any day now, surely — the family huddles around a fading fire in a decaying mansion on a peninsula on the southern coast of England. At night you can hear the ghost of a dead baby in the chimney. (I imagine the real estate agent gushed, “Quirky charm!”)

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