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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic

by  | August 29

I was wondering how I got my hands on my first V.C. Andrews book, Flowers in The Attic. It was one of those books that was passed around on the playground, passages read out loud in hushed tones, as with Judy Blume’s Forever. The book was so scandalous because it was (spoiler alert, even though you know I’m not giving any spoilers out because if you haven’t read the book, you know you’ve watched the Lifetime movie) about incest. I must have read and reread that book about three or four times and couldn’t get enough about the Dollangangers and their flaxen hair. I can also never look at a powdered doughnut the same way as I did before, but that’s a whole other story…. Then I went on to read the other books in the series, a stand-alone novel, My Sweet Audrina, and some of the Casteel series (which is now also on Lifetime!). Where was my mother when I was reading these?? I was in elementary school! However, now that I think about it, the first time I saw Flowers in The Attic was at my friend’s house, and it was her mother’s copy, and I may have started sneaking reads there. I was only nine years old and more than a little too young to be reading about what was going on in that attic, but I also used to watch Dynasty at around that same age, so I think things were very different in the 80s.

Anyway, the fact that it’s been 40 years since the first V.C. Andrews book was ever written, and that there are more than 80 books now just blows my mind. So, if you’ve never read a V.C. Andrews story and don’t know where to start, I would recommend getting immersed in the Dollangangers family saga because there’s so many opportunities to learn how this twisted clan got that way.


The Dollangangers Primer, A.K.A. Incest Is Best:

The Cathy, Chris, Carrie, and Cory Dollanganger siblings

Flowers in The Attic, Petals on The Wind, If There Be Thorns, and Seeds of Yesterday. Of course, you also have to read the prequel, Garden of Shadows,which tells the mom’s—Corrine’s—side of things.


When You’re Really Obsessed with All Things Dollanganger:

Now that you think you’ve learned all that there is to know about a family that is more than a little wackadoo, you might be thinking there’s got to be an explanation for all of this insanity. As a part of the 40th anniversary celebration, there are two new books releasing in the Dollanganger series!  You can go way back with Dollanganger family with stories that explore the poisonous roots that defiled this family tree.


Beneath the Attic This is where we learn about Corrine’s grandma and her husband’s infatuation with (you know what that’s code for!) his dead mother.

Out of the Attic This story will pick up where Beneath the Attic ends. I can’t wait!

Flowers in the Attic

Flowers in the Attic

by V.C. Andrews

At the top of the stairs there are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive...

They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie, realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother...and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.

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Petals on the Wind

Petals on the Wind

by V.C. Andrews

Forbidden love comes into full bloom. For three years they were kept hidden in the eaves of Foxworth Hall, their existence all but denied by a mother who schemed to inherit a fortune. For three years their fate was in the hands of their righteous, merciless grandmother. They had to stay strong…but in their hopeless world, Cathy and her brother Christopher discovered blossoming desires that tumbled into a powerful obsession. Now, with their frail sister, Carrie, they have broken free and scraped enough together for three bus tickets and a chance at a new life. The horrors of the attic are behind them…but they will carry its legacy of dark secrets forever.

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If There Be Thorns

If There Be Thorns

by V.C. Andrews

They hide the shocking truth to protect their children. But someone who knows their dark secret is watching.

Christopher and Cathy have made a loving home for their handsome and talented teenager Jory, their imaginative nine-year-old Bart, and a sweet baby daughter. Then an elderly woman and her strange butler move in next door. The Old Woman in Black watches from her window, lures lonely Bart inside with cookies and ice cream, and asks him to call her “grandmother.” Slowly Bart transforms, each visit pushing him closer to the edge of madness and violence, while his anguished parents can only watch. For Cathy and Chris, the horrors of the past have come home…and everything they love may soon be torn from them.

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Seeds of Yesterday

Seeds of Yesterday

by V.C. Andrews

They escaped their mother’s hellish trap years ago, but a cruel history of lies and deceit has come full circle…

The forbidden love that blossomed when Cathy and Christopher were held captive in Foxworth Hall is one the Dollanganger family’s darkest secrets. Now, with three grown children and even a new last name, the pair seem to have outlived a twisted legacy. But on their son Bart’s twenty-fifth birthday, when the spiteful and disturbed young man claims his rightful inheritance, the full, shattering truth of their tainted past will be revealed at Foxworth Hall—the place where the nightmare began, and where Christopher and Cathy were once just innocent flowers in the attic…

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Garden of Shadows

Garden of Shadows

by V.C. Andrews

Olivia dreamed of a sun-filled love, a happy life. Then she entered Foxworth Hall... V.C. Andrews' thrilling new novel spins a tale of dreadful secrets and dark, forbidden passions -- of the time before Flowers in the Attic began. Long before terror flowered in the attic, thin, spinsterish Olivia came to Virginia as Malcolm Foxworth's bride. At last, with her tall handsome husband, she would find the joy she had waited for, longed for. But in the gloomy mansion filled with hidden rooms and festering desires, a stain of jealous obsession begins to spread...an evil that will threaten her children, two lovely boys and one very special, beautiful girl. For within one innocent child, a shocking secret lives...a secret that will taint the proud Foxworth name, and haunt all their lives forever!

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Heaven

Heaven

by V.C. Andrews

Heaven Leigh Casteel may be the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, but her cruel father and weary stepmother work her like a mule. For the sake of her brother Tom and the other little ones, Heaven clings to the hope that someday she can show the world that they are worthy of love and respect.

But when the children’s stepmother can’t take it anymore and abandons the family, Heaven’s father hatches a scheme that will alter her young life forever. Being sold to a strange couple is just the beginning; ripping away the thin veneer of civilization and learning the adult secrets of the world around her means Heaven must abandon someone, too—the child she was, to become the woman her mother never had the chance to be.

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My Sweet Audrina

My Sweet Audrina

by V.C. Andrews

The idea of her sister hovered above them all.

Audrina fiercely desired to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved that other girl, for her sister was so special, so perfect—and dead.

Upstairs in a locked room awaited her sister’s clothes and dolls, her animals and games—and her sacred rocking chair. Now Audrina will rock and rock and rock to reclaim all of her gone sister’s special gifts.

And then finally she’ll learn the secrets everyone else knows but her.

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Beneath the Attic

Beneath the Attic

by V.C. Andrews

Two generations before Corinne Foxworth locked her children in an attic, her grandmother, a gorgeous young girl named Corrine Dixon, is swept away by the charms of rich, sophisticated, and handsome Garland Foxworth. After discovering that she’s pregnant, Garland does what appears to be the honorable thing and marries her in a huge ceremony on the luxurious Foxworth Hall grounds. Both families fervently overlook the pregnancy, happy for a suitable resolution.

Now the mistress of a labyrinthine estate, Corrine discovers that nothing is what is seems. Garland is not the man once captivated by her charms, and she’s increasingly troubled by his infatuation with memories of his departed mother.

Can Corrine survive this strange new life? Or is her fate already sealed?

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Out of the Attic

Out of the Attic

by V.C. Andrews

The second in a new trilogy that extends the Dollanganger Family series that began with Flowers in the Attic. Picking up where Beneath the Attic left off, Out of the Attic goes back two generations before Corrine Foxworth locked her children in the attic. See how the twisted, beloved Dollanganger legend came to be.

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