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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) (Paperback)

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By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Introduction by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
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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.


— From Sarah


Taking readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the struggle that ensues when a cousin arrives at their estate. This edition features a new introduction by Jonathan Lethem.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143039976
ISBN-10: 0143039970
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: October 31st, 2006
Pages: 146
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions