We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson is the classic suspense novel that the library’s Classics Book Club is reading for October. A Gothic tale of buried family secrets, the book tells the story of the Blackwood family, or what’s left it. Mary Katherine Blackwood, her sister Constance, and her uncle Julian are the sole survivors of a murder spree that killed the rest of the family. Since that tragedy, the three of them have been holed up in their crumbling Vermont home, as wary of outsiders as the local villagers are of them. Yet the mysterious Blackwoods seem content with their isolation until the arrival of a stranger throws the family’s bizarre world into chaos. The teenage Mary Katherine, or Merricat, is a spectacular narrator and the 1962 novel, with its witchy horror and creeping suspense, is the perfect companion for a chilly fall evening. Join us on October 26 at 7 p.m. at the Library to discuss it!