We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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Penguin Adult, 2009 - Fiction - 176 pages
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With an introduction by Joyce Carol Oates 'A marvellous elucidation of life . . . a story full of craft and full of mystery' The New York Times Book ReviewLiving in the Blackwood family home with only her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn't leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when Cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect the remaining family. In her final novel, Shirley Jackson displays a mastery of suspense, family relationships and black comedy. 'A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty' The New York Times

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User Review  - ecataldi - LibraryThing

I have a lot of feelings about this book and I'm not sure what they mean. It was dark and creepy and I mean... WHAT THE HELL!!?!?!?! Constance and her younger sister Merricat live in the Blackwood ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmhale - LibraryThing

A creepy novel from Shirley Jackson, an author known for some masterpieces of horror. This novel has memorable characters, a smothering and unsettling atmosphere, and a storyline that is more subtle ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Shirley Jackson was born in California in 1916. When her short story The Lottery was first published in The New Yorker in 1948, readers were so horrified they sent her hate mail; it has since become one of the most iconic American stories of all time. Her first novel, The Road Through the Wall, was published in the same year and was followed by five more: Hangsaman, The Bird's Nest, The Sundial, The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, widely seen as her masterpiece. In addition to her dark, brilliant novels, she wrote lightly fictionalized magazine pieces about family life with her four children and her husband, the critic Stanley Edgar Hyman. Shirley Jackson died in her sleep in 1965 at the age of 48.

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