I got a little behind on my reviews, so here is the first in a series of mini-reviews because I waited just a little too long to do a full review justice.
Title: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Author: Shirley Jackson
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Source: Personal Collection
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the story of Mary Katherine (“Merricat”) who lives with her sister Constance and her uncle Julian in their enormous and isolated house. The three are almost completely cut off from society and live by their own daily routines. Actually, the story is about what happens when their simple lives are disrupted and these routines fall apart.
I adored this book. But I am going to have a very hard time explaining why. It was amazingly creepy and entirely engrossing. It was interesting to watch the RBC discussion unfold and the different theories everyone came up with along the way. Shirley Jackson deserves all the praise she gets for this novel and everyone should read this. Soon.