Friday, May 23, 2008

FRIDAY'S: Forgotten Books

FRIDAY’S Forgotten Books-May 23rd 2008

Lonnie Cruse’s Forgotten Book: (Lonnie writes the Metropolis Mystery and the Kitty Bloodworth series) She contributes to Poe’s Forgotten Daughters and her personal website is below.


This book isn't totally forgotten, but many readers haven't heard of it. I heard about it a couple of years ago on DorothyL, an e-mail list for mystery readers, but no one's mentioned it lately. The title is, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, by Shirley Jackson.

The book features two sisters living alone in an old house and how they interact with the locals. And it features that wonderful house. I loved the ending. No, I loved the entire book!

Jackson died in the mid-sixties, when she was middle aged, yet her books are still loved and read by loyal fans. Her short story, THE LOTTERY, is taught in colleges all across the country as the example to end all examples. When I discovered CASTLE, I immediately read it twice, making sure I didn't miss a single word. It isn't a really a mystery . . . or is it? Jackson hooks her readers and reels them carefully in. And I always think I'm ready for the surprise at the end. I never am.

Shirley Jackson achieved the dream of all writers, to write something so timeless, it's still read and enjoyed nearly fifty years after her death. I hope you will check out Shirley Jackson's books, particularly WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE.

Lonnie Cruse

Lonnie Cruse asked me a question or two at:

Here are some more selections. If I’ve left someone out, please advise and forgive. And many thanks to all of you for accepting the tap on the shoulder. Don’t wait for the tap though. Give me a ring at if you have a book.


Steve Allan said...

Here's mine.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Steve. I was gonna put you and Bill up but decided I'd better wait with the holiday weekend.

Anonymous said...

OK, helpful the main post, Steve's link is being "colonized" by Bookwitch's.

Bill's choice is up at

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks. Wonder why colonization takes place. Preference to link up with someone else rather than be alone?

Todd Mason said...

...and good i/v with Lonnie Cruise. I didn't know that you, like Bill, were primarily a poet before turning primarily to prose...I've been an even more sporadic poet along with an infrequent fictioneer from jump (leaving aside doggerel).

Todd Mason said...

The writing life (and that of the Forgotten but Necessary Book) is a lonely one...

(It does seem to happen most with your last link or so, no?)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Saying primarily a poet is a huge stretch. Say I primarily tried to write poetry instead. I'd love to see Bill's.

Eileen said...

Great! Another wonderful blog to read. So I don't write for a bit, no crime, right?

Enjoyed your post here and at Poe's. Thanks.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Eileen. Some pretty cool recommendations.