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Shirley Jackson lives on, thank goodness!
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2015
If you're a Shirley Jackson fan you'll love this collection of little-known / unpublished short stories and essays. I'm so glad her [adult] children have embraced the formidable task of going through their Mother's papers and that they're determined to preserve and enhance her legacy with periodic publications of the works they discover. MANY kudos to them!
As an ardent reader of Miss Jackson's (for decades), I've been delighted by these posthumous offerings and look forward to more. There is no writer, past or present, who so masterfully captured the hilarity of raising children and also plumbed the depths of madness, science fiction, and even first-rate ghost stories. Miss Jackson stands alone amongst 20th Century writers and I predict her works will continue to be read long after the 'big name, best-selling' authors of her era have been utterly forgotten.
So, yes, buy this book! But if you've not already exhausted the many other short story collections and novels she published in her lifetime, RUN -don't walk- to read them all! Miss Jackson's was as unique a talent as Flannery O'Connor's; as humorous / observant as Mark Twain's; but, above all, her tremendous gift, her superb craftsmanship was her own. There was never before anyone like her and I doubt there'll ever be.