A Winning Ticket Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00BJ9KSAS
- Publisher : J. Michael Stewart (February 18, 2013)
- Publication date : February 18, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1172 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 32 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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The main characters of Stewart's story are Benjamin and Harrison Zimmerman (named after the president), middle-aged fraternal twin brothers who are struggling owners of a family farm in Nebraska left to them by their parents. Benjamin loves the farming life, but farming doesn't love him very much. Despite his best efforts, the farm keeps losing money, and the bank is about ready to foreclose. Harrison, on the other hand, is looking for a way to get out and see the world, so losing the farm might not be the worst thing in the world for him. Unfortunately, the will that left the farm to the brothers stipulated that they can't sell unless they both agree, so Harrison can't just sell his interest and Benjamin is determined not to sell his.
Fate intervenes one cold winter night when the brothers win the state lottery (for a long time, they had been pooling their money to buy a few tickets each week), to the tune of $70 million (the story glosses over the possibility of multiple winning tickets). Seemingly, this is the answer to the brothers' prayers, but, as with most of the financial decisions in their lives, the brothers have very different ideas about to do next.
Most readers can guess in general terms what's going to happen from here on out in the story, especially since Stewart drops some hints in his descriptions early in the story. However, Stewart tweaks and varies a fairly familiar formula a few times in the last five pages of the story to keep readers off guard (although those more familiar with this type of story can hazard a fairly accurate guess of the eventual outcome). Still, the story is more about character, or, more specifically, the disparate nature of the twins' characters. They have very different philosophies about life, money, and farming that the story explores in detail. Stewart doesn't try to stack the deck in favor of either brother's viewpoint, the audience recognizes that both brothers are to a certain extent justified in how they want to proceed.
In addition to being a character study, "Ticket" is a reflection on the farming life as well. Stewart seems quite familiar with the travails the modern small farmer faces and explains it in harsh terms that readers can understand and appreciate. I've got no desire to be a farmer myself, but bad as the conditions the Zimmermans are going through are, I can understand the appeal for those who continue to farm.
Many authors have explored the general subject of the effects the prospects of sudden wealth have on those unaccustomed to such wealth. Frankly, there are some familiar elements in "Ticket," but it's not just another rehashing of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" in a radically different setting. Instead, it's clear from the time and effort that Stewart takes in setting up his characters that he's not just interested in coming up with a gimmick story but, instead, wants a genuine exploration of character and values. "A Winning Ticket" is quite a winning story, especially for a first-time writer.