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The Woman Beyond the Attic: The V.C. Andrews Story

The Woman Beyond the Attic: The V.C. Andrews Story

by Andrew Neiderman

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This celebration of the woman who took us to the heights of a secluded attic and the depths of our own dark psyches reveals an intimate portrait of the famously private V.C. Andrews—featuring family photos, personal letters, a partial manuscript for an unpublished novel, and more.

Best known for her internationally, multi-million-copy bestselling novel Flowers in the Attic, Cleo Virginia Andrews lived a fascinating life. Born to modest means, she came of age in the American South during the Great Depression and faced a series of increasingly challenging health issues. Yet, once she rose to international literary fame, she prided herself on her intense privacy.

Now, The Woman Beyond the Attic aims to connect her personal life with the public novels for which she was famous. Based on Virginia’s own letters, and interviews with her dearest family members, her long-term ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman tells Virginia’s full story for the first time.

The Woman Beyond the Attic is perfect for V.C. Andrews fans who pick up every new novel or for fans hoping to return to the favorite novelist of their adolescence. Eye-opening and intimate, The Woman Beyond the Attic is for anyone hoping to learn more about the enigmatic woman behind one of the most important novels of the 20th century.

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ISBN-13: 9781982182656
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 58,329
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

Andrew Neiderman is the author of numerous novels of suspense and terror, including Deficiency, The Baby Squad, Under Abduction, Dead Time, Curse, In Double Jeopardy, The Dark, Surrogate Child, and The Devil’s Advocate—which was made into a major motion picture starring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, and Charlize Theron. He lives in Palm Springs, California, with his wife, Diane. Visit his website at Neiderman.com.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Chapter 1 First Steps 1

Chapter 2 Moving up the Stairway 23

Chapter 3 Nearly at the Last Step 41

Chapter 4 To the Attic 57

Chapter 5 Opening the Attic Door 73

Chapter 6 Into the Attic 93

Chapter 7 Living Life in the Attic 109

Chapter 8 Leaving the Attic 123

Chapter 9 Leaving Foxworth Hall 139

Epilogue. Color Hope Yellow: The Author Envisions 147

Note to the Reader 149

The Obsessed 151

The Do-It-Yourself Romance: "Love's Savage Desire" 243

Two Poems by Virginia Andrews: "Golden Things" and "Regretting" 247

Acknowledgments 249

Bibliography 251

Index 253

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