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We Have Always Lived in the Castle Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Books - October 31st, 2006

This subtly sinister novel which builds an atmosphere of ostracization in a small New England town captures Shirley Jackson's notoriously creepy tone while examining the
mysterious lives of two sisters. Merricat narrates with a distinctive voice and twisted view of the world, simultaneously unnerving and strangely lovable. The townsfolk who treat her family with hostile suspicion create a tense social environment not unlike the famous one in Jackson's short story, “The Lottery.” With a dose of grim humor from an invalid uncle and a strange visiting relative, we experience Merricat's struggle as she watches her world of superstitious games and solitude unravel in the face of persecution. This story is told with dark imagination and is a great intro to the themes
and style of Jackson's work.


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Jonathan Strange and MR Norrell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582346038
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 5th, 2005

Jonathan Strange and Mr.
is the best
possible combination of Charles Dickens' characters and scope, Jane
Austen's social wit, and
Neil Gaiman's impressive magic. English magicians have studied the
dry history of their
craft for a long time—often engaging in amusing scholarly
debates—but Mr. Norrell and
his dashing student Strange, bring real magic back to England with
startling consequences.
The lines between real late 18th
century events and Clarke's invented history blend seamlessly
to create a striking atmosphere with a whole host of unforgettable characters:
obnoxious social climbers, terrifying fairy gentlemen, brave young
ladies, and the mysterious
king of Northern England mingle with the likes of Lord Wellington and
King George. This
debut novel is so rich in historical detail and sharp humor that
you'll never want to put it down.