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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (June 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425222209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425222201
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"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 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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith on Jan. 25 2008
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave and Joe TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly Kennedy on Nov. 27 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lottery is a tender, uplifting story that makes you want to stand up and applaud. There is a wonderful imagination at work here with touches of narrative magic that truly make this book `unputdownable'. I read my copy over lunch, in the bathtub, and when I should have been working on other things. And I finished the last page with regret.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen on Oct. 27 2008
Format: Paperback
I listened to this book on cd. Paul Michael does a wonderful job as telling the story from Perry L Crandall's perspective. The above reviews showcase what the story is about. What I liked about this book is that it shows in a small way the prejudice that people with an IQ of 76 go through and does this with a sense of humour. We discover that Perry isn't challenged in the ways that count. Like the other reviewer, I was sad when it was the last cd. Patricia Wood has a very good first book.
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