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Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 1998
Well, on the one hand it's great to see so many unpublished and previously uncollected Jackson stories finally seeing the light of day; on the other hand, most of these stories weren't worth the wait. This is especially disappointing after the wonderful previous posthumous collection, _Come Along With Me_. In this volume it can be interesting to see, in at least one case, how a story evolves, but, if the main pleasure we're going to get out of this book is seeing Jackson's writing in process, why did the editors change characters' names (as they claim to have done)? Repeated names worked fine in the _Lottery_ collection, and the editing spoils the roughhewn "notebook" feel of the stories (which in many cases is their only charm). And why are the unpublished stories left undated? Couldn't educated guesses at least sometimes have been made? And who came up with the book's awful title? Still, the title story is fun, and some of the other pieces are good second-rate Jackson. I shouldn't be complaining; we're not going to get much more new material from her. I just hope any more "finds" are better edited.