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The Lottery and Other Stories (FSG Classics) by [Shirley Jackson, A. M. Homes]

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"The stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood."--James Hilton, Herald Tribune

"In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents . . . . She was unique."--Newsweek
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nd powerful collection of stories from one of America's finest writers, with a new Introduction by Patrick McGrath.
         Eerie, unforgettable, and by turns terrifying and hilarious, Shirley Jackson's collection of stories plunges us into a unique, brilliantly etched world where the uncanny lurks in the everyday and where nothing is quite what it seems. In "The Lottery," Jackson's most famous work and one of the greatest--and scariest--stories of the twentieth century, a small town gathers for an annual ritual that culminates in a terrible event. In "The Daemon Lover," a woman waits, then searches, for the man she is to marry that day, only to find that he has disappeared as completely as if he had never existed. In "Trial by Combat," a shy woman confronts her kleptomaniac neighbor, and in "Pillar of Salt," a tourist in New York is gradually paralyzed by a city grown nightmarish. Throughout these twenty-five tales
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0056IAXW6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (March 16, 2005)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 16, 2005
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 730 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 216 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ B092CBH514
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for her short story "The Lottery," which was published in 1948. Her novels--which include The Sundial, The Bird's Nest, Hangsaman, The Road through the Wall, We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House--are characterized by her use of realistic settings for tales that often involve elements of horror and the occult. Raising Demons and Life Among the Savages are her two works of nonfiction. Come Along With Me is a collection of stories, lectures, and part of the novel she was working on when she died in 1965. All are currently in print (Penguin). Two posthumous volumes of her short fiction are Just An Ordinary Day (Bantam) and Let Me Tell You (Random House). A graphic novel adaptation of "The Lottery" by Miles Hyman, her grandson, was published in 2016 (Farrar-Straus-Giroux). Also in 2016: Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson (Penguin Classics) and an authorized biography by Ruth Franklin: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Norton).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, entertaining traveling companion!
By Idarah on April 18, 2018
“Because it was raining and the day seemed unimportant she put on the first things she came to; a grey tweed suit that she knew was shapeless and heavy on her now that she was so thin, a blue blouse that never felt comfortable."

The main character mentioned above from the short story "Elizabeth" really unsettled me, as did many of the seemingly simple stories about Homelife and suburbia.

A.M. Homes wrote in her introduction to this collection by FSG:
"Her stories take place in small towns, in kitchens, at cocktail parties...These stories chart intention, behavior—they are an intimate exploration of the psychopathology of everyday life, the small-town sublime."

I spent two weeks trying to decide which books to pack with me on my month long trip to Ireland, and at the very last moment (the night before), I opted to leave my huge Jackson omnibus at home, and travel with my Kindle editions of her stories, novels, and essays. I'm so glad I chose her as a traveling companion. I love to travel but the "getting-there" part can sometimes unravel me. Her stories were such a comfort!

I know everyone loves the title story of the collection, but I was most impressed with so many of the other subtler stories. Favorites included "Like Mother Used to Make," "The Daemon Lover," and "The Flower Garden." When I reached the conclusion of "The Dummy," I gasped and then immediately started laughing hysterically! I then reread the story to my husband who usually humors me, but he too had to admit that it was pretty hilarious.

She's a new favorite author—a kindred spirit. I can't wait to read more of her work. Hopefully more while I'm here in Ireland. I don't know how I got out of reading this collection in high school, as I saw many fellow students toting this volume around, but I know I couldn't possibly have appreciated Jackson's keen eye or dark humor back then.
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