1891. In a remote and crumbling New England mansion 12-year-old orphan Florence is neglected by her guardian uncle and banned from reading. Left to her own devices she devours books in secret and talks to herself - and narrates this, her story - in a unique language of her own invention. By night, she sleepwalks the corridors like one of the old house's many ghosts and is troubled by a recurrent dream in which a mysterious woman appears to threaten her younger brother Giles. Sometimes Florence doesn't sleepwalk at all, but simply pretends to so she can roam at will and search the house for clues to her own baffling past. After the sudden violent death of the children's first governess, a second teacher, Miss Taylor, arrives, and immediately strange phenomena begin to occur. Florence becomes convinced that the new governess is a vengeful and malevolent spirit who means to do Giles harm. Against this powerful supernatural enemy, and without any adult she can turn to for help, Florence must use all her intelligence and ingenuity to protect both her little brother and preserve her private world. Inspired by and in the tradition of Henry James' 'Turn of the Screw', 'Florence and Giles' is a gripping gothic page-turner told in a startlingly different and wonderfully captivating narrative voice.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 03 / 2010