Flowers in the Attic: Sex and the pre-teen girl

Like many young girls who grew up the 1980s, I stumbled upon “Flowers in the Attic” because I was attracted to its cut-out paperback cover. (Anyone remember those? You’d open it to reveal a bigger – usually creepier – picture underneath.) In “Flowers in the Attic,” the image of a beautiful blonde girl looking tentatively out a window hinted of family secrets inside. I was hooked and I hadn’t even read page one.
Back then V.C. Andrews’ name was synonymous with a kind of pulp gothic horror, including rather large helpings of sex and incest. Here, four Dollanganger children are forced to hide in a kind of attic apartment in the grandparents’ mansion while their newly-widowed and now-indigent mother, Corinne, does her best to get back into her father’s good graces – and therefore into his will. Why her children need to be hidden to accomplish this is revealed later, but

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