Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson

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The stories in this edition represent the great diversity of her work, from humor to her shocking explorations of the human psyche. The tales range, chronologically, from the writings of her college days and residence in Greenwich Village in the early 1940s, to the unforgettably chilling stories from the period just before her death. They provide an exciting overview of the evolution of her craft through a progression of forms and styles, and add significantly to the body of her published work.



Just an Ordinary Day is a testament to how large a talent Shirley Jackson had and to the depth, breadth, and complexity of her writing. Though this remarkable literary life was cut short, Jackson clearly established a unique voice that has won a permanent place in the canon of outstanding American literature, and remains a powerful influence on generations of readers and writers.


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About Shirley Jackson

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Shirley Jackson (1919–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote many stories as well as six novels and two works of nonfiction.Jonathan Lethem is the author of numerous acclaimed novels, including Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.
 
Published October 21, 2009 by Bantam. 450 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though Lucifer himself shows up in a few (most memorably, ``The Smoking Room,'' where he's outwitted by a calculating coed), Jackson's evil figures are, much more often, enigmatic men who prey on or otherwise disappoint the women who adore them (``The Honeymoon of Mrs. Smith''), children who intu...

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From the hilarious first story in this treat of a collection, in which a college girl tricks the devil (horns, hoofs and all) into selling her his soul, we know we are in Jackson territory-the Jackson

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From the hilarious first story in this treat of a collection, in which a college girl tricks the devil (horns, hoofs and all) into selling her his soul, we know we are in Jackson territory-the Jackson of the classic short story ""The Lottery'' and the novel The Haunting of Hill House.

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Entertainment Weekly

Long before Stephen King made horror a national pastime, Shirley Jackson was producing macabre classics like ''The Lottery'' and The Haunting of Hill House, with their chilling explorations of evil lurking just below the surface of daily life.

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Reading Ordinary Day, one can't help thinking that, for Jackson herself, the true horror would be the knowledge that her previously unpublished or uncollected stories have been gathered in this volume—an event that feels less like publication than like indecent exposure.

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