Library Staff Recommendation: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

A perfect book to read in the run-up to Halloween, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is a haunting and eerie story that engrosses the reader even as the walls seem to close in. Constance, Mary Katherine “Merricat”, and Uncle Julian Blackwood are the three remaining survivors of the prestigious Blackwood family. Shuttered from the world and removed from the community in their expansive estate, the superstitious and untrusting Merricat is the only member of the family who still ventures out of their house since a horrific night six years prior.

Themes of foreboding and small-town persecution that readers may recognize from Jackson’s most famous work, The Lottery, make We Have Always Lived in the Castle difficult to put down as everything that has been so sheltered in the Blackwoods’ life comes to an sinister pinnacle.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

by Shirley Jackson

Call # 813 J138w

Recommended by Bill Rooney, Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant
Recommended by Bill Rooney,
Greenfield Library Circulation Assistant

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