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Lottery [Paperback]

Patricia Wood
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Book Description

June 3 2008
Money isn?t the same as treasure, and IQ isn?t the same as smarts?An uplifting and joyous new novel hailed by Jacqueline Mitchard as ?solid gold.?

Perry L. Crandall knows what it?s like to be an outsider. With an IQ of 76, he?s an easy mark. Before his grandmother died, she armed Perry well with what he?d need to know: the importance of words and writing things down, and how to play the lottery. Most important, she taught him whom to trust?a crucial lesson for Perry when he wins the multimillion-dollar jackpot. As his family descends, moving in on his fortune, his fate, and his few true friends, he has a lesson for them: never, ever underestimate Perry Crandall.


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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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"Wonderful and entertaining." -- USA Today

"Undeniably funny... Crosley's work speaks volumes to her generation." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Charming... Crosley has an original spark... [She] is like a tap dancer, lighthearted and showmanlike... capable of surprising you with the reserves of emotion and keen social observation that motivate the performance." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Crosley writes with such buoyancy. But [she]... shows a depth that's every bit as enjoyable as the full-on belly laughs." -- Entertainment Weekly
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 'R' Word: Respect Oct. 16 2009
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Books that present characters with disabilities often rely on stereotype and drip with pity ... The Lottery rises above the commonplace with a tender story about a fellow with a disability that is frustratingly real. This book looks at the thorny issues of 'family' and 'trust' and places us in the middle of a story with realistic people facing difficult decisions. There is much to learn from this book. Gram's rules for survival are brilliant. Anyone can enjoy this book but if you work with, or care about people with intellectual disabilities - this book should go at the top of your reading list. My agency has just selected it for our book club, can't think of a better choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'I am an auditor.' Jan. 25 2008
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Such a delightful novel! I suspect that many of us could learn a lot from Perry L. Crandall and his Gram.

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.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5 2014
Format:Paperback
A fun, positive, motivating light read. One of those books you can pick up and read again.
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