Lottery by Patricia Wood

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Money isn?t the same as treasure, and IQ isn?t the same as smarts?An uplifting and joyous new novel hailed by Jacqueline Mitchard as ?solid gold.?

Perry L. Crandall knows what it?s like to be an outsider. With an IQ of 76, he?s an easy mark. Before his grandmother died, she armed Perry well with what he?d need to know: the importance of words and writing things down, and how to play the lottery. Most important, she taught him whom to trust?a crucial lesson for Perry when he wins the multimillion-dollar jackpot. As his family descends, moving in on his fortune, his fate, and his few true friends, he has a lesson for them: never, ever underestimate Perry Crandall.


About Patricia Wood

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Patricia Wood is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii, focusing on education, disability, and diversity. Lottery is inspired by her work—and her father’s own big lottery win. This is her first novel.
Published August 2, 2007 by Berkley. 340 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Perry Crandall has an IQ of 76, but is not retarded, as he'll have you know: his IQ would need to be less than 75 for that, and he knows the difference even if others may not. Perry, the 32-ye

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Veteran narrator Michael brings his distinct gift for dialogue and vocal mannerisms to Wood’s novel. The action centers on how winning a $12-million lottery jackpot complicates the life of 32

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The Guardian

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Lottery by Patricia Wood Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Since its Orange Prize shortlisting, Lottery has earned comparisons with T...

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BC Books

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The book is written in deliberately simple sentences, appropriate for the first person viewpoint of Perry L.

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Sanger Public Library

While they bicker amongst themselves and argue over who should control Perry’s money, Perry thinks, “What would Gram say?” The care and devotion Perry puts into learning new words and writing things down helped him to make progress in his studies, and to continue to grow even after Gram is...

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