The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

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There is sparkling comedy in this collection, as well as glimpses of Jackson the horror novelist...Jackson is a sympathetic, penetrating observer of the domestic mundane – and, most notably in "Flower Garden", of racism.
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One of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker in 1948. "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. Today it is considered a classic work of short fiction, a story remarkable for its combination of subtle suspense and pitch-perfect descriptions of both the chilling and the mundane.

The Lottery and Other Stories, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with twenty-four equally unusual short stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range -- from the hilarious to the horrible, the unsettling to the ominous -- and her power as a storyteller.

 

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 March 16, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books. Fiction
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Guardian

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on Jan 16 2011

There is sparkling comedy in this collection, as well as glimpses of Jackson the horror novelist...Jackson is a sympathetic, penetrating observer of the domestic mundane – and, most notably in "Flower Garden", of racism.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by Emma Hagestadt on Oct 23 2009

Also included in this re-issued collection by Penguin are 25 further stories – a welcome chance to re-sample the work of a writer who was rumoured to "write with a broomstick instead of a pen."

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The Bookbag

Above average
on Nov 20 2009

If you're still in need of a chill after the Halloween frightfest then these short stories are the perfect way to get that creepy fix.

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