Lolly Willowes

Lolly Willowes

Or, The Loving Huntsman

About the Book

A satirical feminist classic about a woman who leaves her stifling place in her brother's London home for the wilds of the English countryside, where she meets and makes a deal with the devil himself.

Laura "Lolly" Willowes is an unmarried, middle-aged woman in early twentieth century London--a spinster who for the past twenty years has lived with, and in service of, her brother's overbearing family. With her brother's children now grown and out of the house, Lolly shocks her family by making a choice for herself: to move, alone, to the country.

Once she arrives, Lolly carves out a life for herself in this lush and wild land, finding independence and a peace that she has never before experienced. Unfortunately, the family can't quite let go of Lolly, and her nephew shows up unannounced to move in to her country home. So long ruled by her family's expectations, Lolly makes a rash decision to solve her problems. With a subversive wit, Sylvia Townsend Warner’s feminist classic poses the question—what would a woman do to ensure her freedom?

The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance.
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Modern Library Torchbearers Series

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Lolly Willowes
The Princess of 72nd Street
Regiment of Women
The Goodness of St. Rocque
A Daughter of the Samurai
Mrs. Spring Fragrance
The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Writings
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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About the Author

Sylvia Townsend Warner
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About the Author

Mona Awad
MONA AWAD is the author of Bunny, named a Best Book of 2019 by Time, Vogue, and the New York Public Library. It was a finalist for the New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror. It is currently under option for film with Bad Robot Productions. Awad’s first novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the Colorado Book Award. Her third novel, All’s Well, was longlisted for the International Dublin Award and was a finalist for a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Horror. Rouge is currently optioned for film by Fremantle and Sinestra. She teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University and is based in Boston. More by Mona Awad
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