We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)
This subtly sinister novel which builds an atmosphere of ostracization in a small New England town captures Shirley Jackson's notoriously creepy tone while examining the mysterious lives of two sisters. Merricat narrates with a distinctive voice and twisted view of the world, simultaneously unnerving and strangely lovable. The townsfolk who treat her family with hostile suspicion create a tense social environment not unlike the famous one in Jackson's short story, “The Lottery.” With a dose of grim humor from an invalid uncle and a strange visiting relative, we experience Merricat's struggle as she watches her world of superstitious games and solitude unravel in the face of persecution. This story is told with dark imagination and is a great intro to the themes and style of Jackson's work.
~Sarah— From Sarah
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