When I started this book club, I was hoping to include a real mix of genres. I love gothic, dark books like Wuthering Heights and Rebecca, so I included a particular option in our latest book club poll. Lo and behold, the lovely people in my book club seem to enjoy the macabre as much as I do! I’m very excited to announce the latest selection from a legendary queen of horror…
February & March: We Have Always Lived in the Castle
E.B. Book Club’s next pick is Shirley Jackson’s “We Have Always Lived in the Castle.” Her famous short story, The Lottery, is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever read in so few words, so I’m very excited to experience more of her work.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Merricat Blackwood lives on the family estate with her sister Constance and her Uncle Julian. Not long ago there were seven Blackwoods—until a fatal dose of arsenic found its way into the sugar bowl one terrible night. Acquitted of the murders, Constance has returned home, where Merricat protects her from the curiosity and hostility of the villagers. Their days pass in happy isolation until cousin Charles appears. Only Merricat can see the danger, and she must act swiftly to keep Constance from his grasp.
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