"A pretty sight, a lady with a book." - Shirley Jackson
My summer reading list continues to dwindle as I whizzed through yet another book, namely We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. This gothic suspense novel tells the "deliciously unsettling story of a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family." This was my first introduction into the genius/madness that is Shirley Jackson and I can't think of a better way to have greeted her. I don't usually gravitate towards this genre of literature for the simple fact that I'm a big scaredy cat, but while the fear factory is definitely evident in this story its on a more psychological level. The reader follows young Merricat Blackwood through her isolated days filled with only her uncle, sister, kitty, and her mind to keep her company. Its difficult to discuss the book without giving too much away, but I can say it's gloriously creepy and a skillfully crafted page turner. Anyone in the market for a quick read that will stick with you long after the last page has been turned, should pick this story up pronto.
Photos by: Kevin
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