Catherine House Catherine House Photo: Custom House, Handout Photo: Custom House, Handout Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Catherine House Catherine House Photo: Custom House, Handout Book World: In Elisabeth Thomas’s ‘Catherine House,’ an exclusive university harbors sinister secrets 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Catherine House By Elisabeth Thomas Custom House. 320 pp. $27.99 — Houses can be welcoming or forbidding; they might express their owners or oppress them. Sometimes they imprison or haunt or even inhabit their inhabitants. Catherine House does a little of all these things. Elisabeth Thomas’s debut novel, also called “Catherine House,” is about an exclusive private university, but you might say it’s also about an experiment in social distancing: Here it’s done among one group of students and faculty over a period of three years. The outside world is kept at arm’s length, although, as it turns out, the sickness is inside the house. Like most of her classmates, Ines is on the run from her own demons and regrets. She barely passed high school after getting pulled into a spiral of drugs, parties and dissipation. After consulting with a trusted adviser, Ines applies to Catherine House in an… Read full this story
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