If you were an adolescent at any point in the 1980s and early ’90s, chances are good you have been shocked and scandalized by a VC Andrews novel. Maybe you even read it while tanning in the backyard, Coppertone nearby.
Best known for books like “Flowers in the Attic,” the wildly over-the-top 1979 gothic family saga about four children locked in an attic by their grandmother, VC Andrews died in 1986, but that hasn’t stopped the author from generating more bestsellers.
Ghost-writer Andrew Neiderman was hired to continue writing books in her name. There are more than 70 VC Andrews novels, which have sold over 106 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 25 foreign languages.
“Flowers in the Attic” was adapted as a Lifetime movie in 2014, followed by “Petals on the Wind,” “If There Be Thorns” and “Seeds of Yesterday.”
The newest title “Beneath the Attic,” (Gallery Books), out now, is an origin story that tells the twisted history of the Dollanganger clan.
Taking place two generations prior to the events of “Flowers in the Attic,” the reader is introduced to young Corinne Dixon, a woman swept away by the charms of rich heir Garland Foxworth. When she becomes pregnant, the two get married in an extravagant ceremony. But, as is par for the course in VC Andrews World, there are lots of secrets lurking in Corinne’s new estate, plenty of them held by her handsome new husband.
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