An essay on Shirley Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Over at Flavorwire, I wrote about one of my favorite novels: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I also talk a bit about the problems with always calling female characters either "strong" or "unlikable," and say this:

I’m reading to be surprised, gripped, and then carried off — like deer downed by a pack of wolves — into the woods of an author’s mind.

1 comment:

Cocktail Buzz said...

When I started reading this novel in my early twenties, I was instantly hooked. I even taught it to my fourth-grade reading class. It creeped them out, and they loved it! Thanks for sharing your trenchant essay. -Paul Zablocki