It was a melding of the minds (or groups) for
October as Overbooked and Night Owls members both met to discuss the Shirley
Jackson gothic mystery, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The novel,
the last to be written before Jackson’s death, is told from the perspective of
the main character, 18-year old Mary Katherine “Merricat” Blackwood as she
recounts the tragic events that have befallen her family which isolate her and
the remaining members from their local community.
Despite some members admitting
that this is not the typical book they would normally reach for, they could
appreciate the novel’s gothic elements and its inclusion as our October book. I
think one book club member best summed up the book by saying “it reminds me of Anne
of Green Gables if Anne were a psychopath.” Overall, the book received a
modest 3.2 out of a 5 stars rating.