Synopses & Reviews
Shirley Jackson's beloved gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family's dark secret.
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.
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“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
"A marvelous elucidation of life...a story full of craft and full of mystery." The New York Times Book Review
"A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty." The New York Times
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.
Thomas Ott is a Swiss artist who makes wordless scratchboard comics that depict the darker side of life with painstaking clarity. His books include Hellville and Tales from the Edge.
Read an exclusive essay by Jonathan Lethem