We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)
Sometimes you need a dose of something spooky, and few deliver like Jackson. This book gripped me from the opening line and didn't let me go until the last. I read it all night, thought about it all day, and then read it some more. Mary Catherine and her sister Constance are hiding a sordid secret in their house on the hill. But what? Let Jackson's flawless prose navigate you through delicious tensions and chills on all scales, from smothering internal neuroses, to the terrifying roar of mob-mentality. What is real? Who is in the wrong? This book is an endlessly fascinating examination of social structures and mental health; but never skimps of the good old-fashioned thrills. Wait for a dark and stormy night and dive into the shadows and injustices lurking in the Blackwood Castle.— From Liz
Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret
Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.
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About the Author
Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.
Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.
“A marvelous elucidation of life…a story full of craft and full of mystery” —The New York Times Book Review
“A witch’s brew of eerie power and startling novelty” —The New York Times
“I was thrilled by the genuine but meaningful strangeness of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” —George Saunders
“Jackson’s novel is so wonderfully creepy that students usually feel subversive just for reading it. Add to that one of the most brilliantly realized unreliable narrators in fiction and the book becomes irresistible.” —Marlon James