Lottery Paperback – Jun 3 2008
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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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"What I love about Lottery is that it is 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." Paul Theroux "Wonderful...Perry L. Crandall, the underdog of Lottery, is profoundly lovable...so vivid and funny and poignant and joyful...the thinking man's guide to a happy life." Washington Post "It has bags of charm" Bookseller "A witty yet poignant social commentary where the empty value of money is set against the heart-warming traits of an unquestioningly loyal soul." Easy Living "Superbly written, and moving in its simplicity." Psychologies --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Perry's world is an interesting blend of keen observation, acquired learning and intuitive feeling. He may not always know why something is happening but he is able to make a form of sense of it quicker than many others can. Perry, or Per to his best friends, is able to work out what is right for him even if some of his logic is foreign to others.
I enjoyed this novel: I like where it finished and the neat sense of hope for the future, despite some sad aspects to the journey.
Sentimental? Sure it is. That's what makes this novel come alive. Ms Wood has delivered an unlikely but likeable hero, some well-developed secondary characters and some despicable villains.
Perry may be an auditor, but he is also a contributor.
The protagonist is Perry Crandall, a universally likeable character with an IQ of only 76. You can't help but root for him, especially when his grandmother dies and he's left an orphan at the age of thirty-one. Then he wins $12 million in the lottery and every imaginable sort of buzzard lands on his doorstep determined to screw him over.
But don't misunderstand. This story isn't about the money.
It's a compelling tale about friendship, love, greed and the resilience of the human spirit, the sort of novel I predict will seduce millions of readers around the world because, simply put, it makes you feel good inside. More importantly, Lottery speaks to all of us, not just an intellectual few, and for that reason alone, this debut novel deserves all the accolades it will inevitably receive for years and years to come.
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