We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)
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It would be misleading to call this book a thriller, regardless of how thrilled I was while reading it. This eerie novel follows the Blackwood sisters, ostracised heirs to the infamous Blackwood home, land, and fortune. Their peaceful -suspenseful- isolation is wrecked when a forgotten cousin visits the sisters, aiming to take command of the Blackwoods’ and their inheritance and to uncover the truth behind the events that banished them from the world. If you are a fan of women written by women, stories that pass the Bechdel test, or if you’re just looking for a trope-breaking scary story, this is the book for you. And in my experience, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is even more unsettling the second time you read it.
-McKennaOutlandish October Staff Picks
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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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