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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Penguin Random House

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

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Trade paperback format.  Haunting cover art by Thomas Ott.

Introduction by Jonathan Lethem (NOTE: I have been cautioned that the new intro contains spoilers, so save it until after you have read the book!!!).

Told from the point of view of the main character, this dark but somehow quirky tale has its share of twists and turns.  Highly recommended!

Shirley Jackson’s beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family’s dark secret.


My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood.  I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance.  I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had.
I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise.  I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom.  Everyone else in my family is dead.

“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