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Lottery Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 2, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
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-year-old Perry L. Crandall, the dedicated employee of a marine supply store in the harbor city of Everett, Wash. With an IQ of 76, Perry emphatically proclaims that he is slow, not retarded! Wood's dichotomy of Perry's impaired cognition does present some challenges for Michael, especially as the unsuspecting protagonist recounts—but does not grasp—the devious conversations among his money-grubbing relatives. The thriller elements manage to move along reasonably well, but the heart and soul of both Wood's storytelling and Michael's performance remains the exchanges between Perry and his close-knit surrogate family, including the beloved grandmother who raised him and the earthy band of characters with whom he shares the docks of Puget Sound. As Perry regularly interjects That is so cool! to his reflections on both the large and small joys of daily life, Michael gives the proceedings a refreshing breeze of Zen rather than garden-variety sentimentality.
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"Patricia Wood's debut novel tickles your funny bone, tugs your heartstrings, and redefines the word 'fortunate' all at once." -"Redbook" "[An] irresistible debut novel about what makes people good or bad, smart or stupid." -"Good Housekeeping"
aA wonderful first novela]profoundly lovable.a
aA memorable character whose voice and world linger in oneas imagination.a
a"Lottery" is a winner.a
aA winning narrator.a
aMuch more than a novel about a windfall affecting a simple soulaitas a book about a stupendous event affecting a great number of people, especially the reader.a
A wonderful first novel profoundly lovable.
A memorable character whose voice and world linger in one s imagination.
"Lottery" is a winner.
A winning narrator.
It s memorable.
It s wonderful.
It s irresistible.
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.
?A wonderful first novel?profoundly lovable.?
?A memorable character whose voice and world linger in one's imagination.?
?"Lottery" is a winner.?
?A winning narrator.?
?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.?
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
It describes how his adult siblings, who at the beginning of the book want nothing to do with him, systematically take advantage of him. While reading this I got angrier and angrier as the book progressed until I reached the end.
Without giving away the whole plot, the book made me look at life anew. What do we need to be happy in this life? What makes one a good person or a bad? How do we look at the mentally handicapped people? Do we dismiss them as not important? Do we take them seriously, like Perry's friends do, or do we ignore them as his family did before Perry won the lottery.
I got very involved while reading the book. I cheered and blessed Perry's friend and grandma, I cursed his siblings and ached for Perry's inability to stop them from doing their worst.
It is a good read. Any book that makes us think and re evaluate our actions and opinions is a good book. Patricia Wood's "Lottery" does all that.
When his Gram dies, Perry is left homeless as his greedy, lawyer cousin-brothers swindle his home and money that grandmother left specifically to Perry. But Perry L Crandall(the L for Lucky) has a few genuine friends that aid him. Gary, his boss, gives him the apartment on top the shop to live in. Keith, a broken down Vietnam vet, provides him with transportation and friendship. Perry is very happy.
Gram and Perry always bought lottery tickets each week. This routine is continued by Perry and one day he purchases the winning ticket worth $12,000,0000.
Now, Perry, usually shunned by people, is suddenly the most popular person in Everett, WA. People from all over the world write begging for money. His brother's desperately want power of attorney over Perry's interests. Offers come pouring in to help him invest the winnings. Strangers fight to meet him. Perry is very confused by the rapid events that follow and could easily drown in the undertow of other's greed. Does Perry weather this roiling financial storm or is he drug under by the greed of others?
Ms. Woods writes in the cadence of Perry's thoughts. His simplistic view of life. His respect for the ocean, boats, nature, and people. His love of Hershey's Kisses. The flow is so lovely while the story is sometimes torturous as readers fear Perry will fall victim to the vultures that circle relentlessly.
Beautifully composed the book is enlightening, uplifting, and compelling. Also shocking. You will be very surprised by the ending.
A most excellent read!