The Lottery: And Other Stories ~~ Shirley Jackson

The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The charming, elusive gentleman with the ordinary name of James Harris and with the extraordinary effect on the lives of those whose paths cross his…

The housewife who finds that just beyond her ruffle-curtained windows lies a landscape of hatred and antagonism…

The pleasant young men who keep their pleasant apartments most pleasantly arranged, only to have the rug pulled out from under them…

The happy villagers whose pastorale ends in the act of unforgettable horror…
/> The dreamers of strange, unrealized dreams…

Shirley Jackson has turned over the rock of civilized society, and what she finds hiding and encrusted underneath is neither pretty nor pleasant -- but you dare no look away! These stories will haunt you forever!
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The Lottery is a (very) short story available free online here: The people of a village assemble in the town square for their annual lottery. The children have gathered stones into a pile, and then the villagers arrange themselves into family groups, ready for the lottery to be drawn. It turns out this is not a lottery you want to win, although the reason for the “prize” is never truly apparent. Written in 1948, this is a powerful little commentary on maintaining traditions regardless of their purpose or appropriateness. Definitely disturbing.
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