[Light spoilers ahead. All page references from the Popular Penguin edition.]
‘I am walking on their bodies, I thought, we are having lunch in the garden and Uncle Julian is wearing his shawl.’
Shirley Jackson cut a rare gem with We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Gothic and modern in style and content, the novella is a unique aesthetic and psychological object which does not stumble in its progression. Written with simple diction and syntax, the prose is like a dark pond, seen in just the right light, such that the waters seem infinitely deep. Our narrator, viewing the world through Grimm eyes, covers us in her skin.