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Novel Pairings

Sep 26, 2023

Let’s discuss one of our most requested classics! Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is an eerie gothic novel with elements of mystery, fairy tale, and domestic suspense–and you’ve been asking for us to cover it on the show for years. In today’s episode, we speculate on why this classic remains so popular today, discuss the magic of reading a classic just for fun (and then returning to it with literary lenses), and analyze our unnamed narrator. This is the kind of book that you can’t discuss without spoilers, so we included fair warning and a timestamp if you wish to avoid them. 

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Spoiler alert timestamp: [37:27]

Pairings timestamp: [53:19]


Books mentioned:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Starling House by Alix E. Harrow (out 10/3)

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

The Curse of Penryth Hall by Jess Armstrong (out 12/5)

Land of Milk and Honey by C. Pam Zhang

Comfort Me with Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

Doppelganger by Naomi Klein


Also mentioned:

Jane Eyre Episode

Rebecca Movie Episode