The Castle is a surreal unfinished novel about the struggles of a land surveyor named K who reports to a village surrounding the titular structure. K attempts to perform his duties, but the various bureaucrats living inside the castle thwart and alienate him repeatedly until his life becomes a grueling circuit of red tape and contradictory statements. K becomes ill later in the book and the story's planned ending involved his death without the resolution of his quest.
The Glass Castle is a 2005 memoir that recounts author Jeannette Walls' unconventional childhood. Jeannette, along with her siblings, undergo many hardships, including poverty and sexual assault as their alcoholic father fails to find steady work. The story follows Jennette's life from the time she is a toddler until she is old enough to move to New York City, where she and her siblings build a new life for themselves. As she reflects on her life, the adult Jeannette is able to appreciate the freedom of her childhood while condemning her parents' actions, and is eventually at peace with her past.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the surreal story of teenage Merricat and her older sister Constance, who live with their aging uncle in a mansion on the outskirts of a small town. Years earlier, the rest of their family was poisoned, and most people think Constance is responsible; consequently, the sisters are shunned and do their best to avoid society. However, when their cousin Charles comes to town, Merricat fears that everything may change. This novel explores the themes of family, isolation, and otherness.