The Telling (Vintage Original)
After the death of her mother, Rachel takes it upon herself to clean out her parents’ country house, but she is unprepared for the strange feelings that the vacant house evokes. Rachel soon finds herself losing time, disappearing mentally and then returning with no idea of where she had been and what she had been doing. And her questions about the house keep piling up. Can Rachel figure out the identity of the presence she feels in the house? Who is Elizabeth, and what did life hold for her?
Author Jo Baker’s novel The Telling gives readers an interesting glimpse into a different era: the mid 1800s, when the lower class was struggling to educate themselves and rise up to their full potential. The story of Lizzy, or Elizabeth, alternates with Rachel’s, telling of a young housemaid whose fascination with her family’s tenant leads her to question her faith and the path set out before her. Readers will love Lizzy sometimes, while feeling extremely frustrated with her at others; Lizzy’s inner struggles are illuminating, inspirational, and, at times, disheartening. Meanwhile, Rachel is a puzzling character, struggling with her grief for her mother and her intense love for her daughter and trying to put it all aside to solve the mystery of the house. The Telling is intense, fascinating novel that readers will spend a long time thinking through.