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»This year [2009] marks the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of V. C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic, the best-selling novel about incest, imprisoned children, and very, very bad parenting. Andrews went on to write six more books, each one beloved by millions of readers, mostly young women, and each a play on the same themes that made Flowers wonderful and unique: lust, violence, and pain. For two generations now, a private ritual of female adolescence has been reading Andrews’s spine-creased paper-backs, often passed down from an older, wiser girl with the whispered promise of secret knowledge hidden between the covers.«

Sara Gran and Megan Abbott

Files from the morgue: Sara Gran and Megan Abbott’s essay about Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews, Dark Family, is now available to read in full online at The Believer.

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