We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Front Cover
Penguin Adult, 2009 - Fiction - 176 pages
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

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
61
4 stars
59
3 stars
20
2 stars
3
1 star
2

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - AngelaJMaher - www.librarything.com

I went into reading this book almost blind. I knew the title, it's one you see all the time, but I didn't know what the story was at all. It is a strange tale, and the slightly disjointed way the POV ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - TheDivineOomba - www.librarything.com

This is a book that stays with you. You might not like it - it reads at the edge of uncomfortableness - but you will find yourself coming back to it, over and over and over again. Shirley Jackson is ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2009)

Shirley Jacksonwas born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1949. Her novels - which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castleand The Haunting of Hill House- are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demonsand Life Among the Savagesare her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Meis a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

Bibliographic information