We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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5 Critic Reviews

There's a childlike charm here, an occasional chill and just a touch of gentle madness which give this a very special kind of sorcery and seduction.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiousity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.
 

About Shirley Jackson

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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.
 
Published October 31, 2006 by Penguin Classics. 228 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction
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Kirkus

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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Sep 21 2008

There's a childlike charm here, an occasional chill and just a touch of gentle madness which give this a very special kind of sorcery and seduction.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Vulpes on Feb 15 2012

Twisted, enthralling and topped off with a narrator that will haunt you for days afterwards, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is an exceptional book; truly a Grimm's for the modern age.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Jul 26 2010

Merricat is haunted and increasingly desperate; Constance is doting but detached; Uncle Julian is both pleasantly dotty and utterly unnerving; and Charles is the conniving villain ...A treat for fans of mystery and suspense.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Christina Durner on Apr 10 2012

The plot is original, the characters are powerful, and the setting is one of the creepiest of all time. With such a fantastic melding of characters and events, We Have Always Lived in the Castle will surely make the hair on your arms stand on end.

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The New York Review of Books

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Reviewed by Joyce Carol Oates on Oct 08 2009

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a romance with an improbable—magical—happy ending. As readers we are led to smile at Merricat’s childish self-definition, as one who dislikes “washing myself”...

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