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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-year-old narrator of Wood's warm-fuzzy debut, has worked at the same marine supply store for half his life and lives with his wisecracking grandmother Gram, whose gems of folk wisdom help him along. But when Gram dies, Perry's selfish, money-grubbing family members swoop in and swindle him out of the proceeds from the sale of her house—and then come a-knocking again when Perry wins $12 million in the Washington State Lottery. Suddenly everyone is paying attention to Perry, but who can he trust? Even his friends from the marine supply store behave differently, and on top of everything else, Perry finds himself falling for convenience store clerk Cherry, who has problems of her own. Despite his family's shenanigans and sinister maneuverings, Perry holds his own and discovers abilities he didn't know he had. The wisdoms here run more cute than deep, but Wood's light humor and likable narrator should have mass appeal. (Aug.)
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"What I love about Lottery is that it is much more than a novel about a windfall affecting a simple soul - it's a book about a stupendous event affecting a great number of people, especially the reader." Paul Theroux "Wonderful...Perry L. Crandall, the underdog of Lottery, is profoundly lovable...so vivid and funny and poignant and joyful...the thinking man's guide to a happy life." Washington Post "It has bags of charm" Bookseller "A witty yet poignant social commentary where the empty value of money is set against the heart-warming traits of an unquestioningly loyal soul." Easy Living "Superbly written, and moving in its simplicity." Psychologies --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Lottery was recommended to me by a novelist for whom I have utmost respect, and Kathryn did not disappoint. Perry L. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Susan
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Very well written. A real page turner. I am not a reader and it kept my interest.Published 3 months ago by Handy Andie