The Butterfly Cabinet

The Butterfly Cabinet

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A proud, uncompromising woman, Harriet's great passion is collecting butterflies and pinning them under glass; motherhood comes no easier to her than her role as mistress of her remote Irish estate. When her daughter dies, her community is quick to judge her, and Harriet will not stoop to defend herself. But her journals reveal a more complex truth.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2011, c2010.
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451611595
Call Number: MCGILL
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Children -- Death -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Fiction.
Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction.
Butterflies -- Collection and preservation -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
Epistolary fiction.
Suspense fiction.
Diary fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)


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Nov 06, 2015

An interesting read about a woman convicted of the death of her daughter. The story alternates between a conversation of Maddie with her granddaughter, and the diary of the woman during her time in prison. Though an interesting story it is ponderous and plodding at times.

ChristchurchLib Jun 08, 2014

"In 1892, Harriet Ormond, the mistress of Oranmore House, was sent to prison for killing her four-year-old daughter, Charlotte, by binding her hands and shutting her inside a wardrobe. In 1968, Harriet's granddaughter Anna visits 92-year-old Maddie McGlade, a nursing home resident who was a servant at the estate at the time of Charlotte's death, seeking answers. Alternating between Maddie's account of her years at Oranmore and Harriet's own diary, this "chilling and gripping" (Booklist) novel slowly pieces together what really happened on that fateful day. Loosely based on a true story, The Butterfly Cabinet combines gothic suspense with an examination of social class and politics in late-19th-century Northern Ireland." Thrillers and Suspense June 2014 newsletter


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