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"This is the witty, eerie, tender but firm life history of a middle-class Englishwoman who politely declines to make the expected connection with the opposite sex and becomes a witch instead." -- John Updike
Forty-seven-year-old Lolly Willowes is a conventional maiden aunt, an unpaid companion and babysitter to her brothers' children. After years of submission to her controlling family, she develops a longing for the countryside and dark, wild places that impels her to flee London for a remote village. Lolly soon discovers that her new neighbors are a coven of bohemian witches and eventually encounters Satan himself -- a genial country gentleman who's ready to make a pact.
The first-ever selection of the Book of the Month Club upon its 1926 publication, Lolly Willowes
was a surprise international bestseller. This proto-feminist work has since been chosen as one of the Guardian
's 100 Best Novels of All Time, and it remains a richly satirical novel that celebrates the joys of self-actualization.
"Revolutionary ... a subtle demand for women's power over their own lives." -- Alison Lurie
"Remarkable ... pungent and satisfying." -- Saturday Review