Flowers In The Attic Author:V. C. Andrews Narrator Catherine Leigh Dollanganger (12) is the second of four children, following older brother Chris (14) and preceding twins Cory and Carrie (5). Cathy and her siblings live lovely blissful lives in Gladstone, Pennsylvania. Their father, Christopher Sr., works in public relations for a computer company. Their mother, Corinne Dollanganger, i... more »s a housewife and cares for Cathy, Chris Jr. and the twins. Each member of the family is beautiful and sports flaxen blond hair, blue eyes and fair skin. They are nicknamed "The Dresden Dolls" because of their resemblance to porcelain dolls. Their idyllic life in Gladstone ends when Christopher Sr. dies in a highway accident on his 36th birthday.
Facing financial destitution, Corinne decides to move herself and her children back to Foxworth Hall, her family home in Charlottesville, Virginia. Corinne begins to write letters to her mother, Olivia, persuading her to let her and the children stay in the giant mansion. Corinne tells the children that her parents are very rich, but were upset with Corinne for an unexplained reason and so she had not seen them in years. She also relates that their grandfather is dying and if Corrine can earn back her father's love then the children can live a life of riches. Olivia agrees to Corinne's wishes as long as the children are hidden; she does not want their grandfather, Malcolm, to know about them. Corrine and her children move out of Gladstone without a goodbye to any friends and take a train to her parents' mansion. They are dropped off by the train in the middle of nowhere and end up walking to Foxworth Hall.