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 My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cap mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.

A 1962 novel by Shirley Jackson, who is best known for her short story "The Lottery". We Have Always Lived In The Castle tells the story of the Blackwood family, the only three remainders of which are the narrator, eighteen year-old Merricat, her older sister Constance, and their crippled uncle Julian. The three of them live in isolation in an old manor and are the target of suspicion and hatred from the people of the nearby village.

Everything changes when, one day, their cousin shows up for a visit...

The Novel Contains The Following Tropes:

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