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We Have Always Lived in the Castle
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Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story 'The Lottery', which was published in 1949. Her novels - which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House - are characterised by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965.

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Since the mysterious death of four family members, the superstitious Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood, her ailing uncle Julian, and agoraphobic sister Constance have lived in a bizarre but contented state of isolation. But when cousin Charles arrives in search of the Blackwood fortune, a terrible family secret is revealed. Bernadette Dunne's reading is flawlessly paced and suspenseful. The voices she provides the cast of characters are spot on: precocious Merricat is haunted and increasingly desperate; Constance is doting but detached; Uncle Julian is both pleasantly dotty and utterly unnerving; and Charles is the conniving villain listeners will love to hate. A treat for fans of mystery and suspense. (June) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Her greatest book ... at once whimsical and harrowing, a miniaturist's charmingly detailed fantasy sketched inside a mausoleum ... Through depths and depths and bloodwarm depths we fall, until the surface is only an eerie gleam high above, nearly forgotten; and the deeper we sink, the deeper we want to go -- Donna Tartt
This novel brings back all my faith in terror and death. I can say no higher of it and her -- Dorothy Parker * Esquire *
An amazing writer -- Neil Gaiman
The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable ... She is a true master -- A. M. Homes
A masterpiece of Gothic suspense -- Joyce Carol Oates
So eerie, so disturbing, and not a wasted word, it has the kind of economy I wish I knew how to achieve -- Jonathan Coe
For me, it is that unique and dreamlike book ... that stands as her masterpiece -- Jonathan Lethem
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is Jackson's masterpiece ... Stunning -- Elaine Showalter
Manages the ironic miracle of convincing the reader that a house inhabited by a lunatic, a poisoner, and a pyromaniac is a world more rich in sympathy, love and subtlety than the world outside * Time *
A witch's brew of eerie power and startling novelty * The New York Times *
A marvellous elucidation of life ... a story full of craft and full of mystery * The New York Times Book Review *

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