A funny, poignant, and wise novel about a very rich underdog who shows everyone just how little his IQ says about his intelligence. Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive. She taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week ...
A funny, poignant, and wise novel about a very rich underdog who shows everyone just how little his IQ says about his intelligence. Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive. She taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And most important, she taught him who to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 32. Then he wins twelve million dollars with his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with. Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic who leap off the pages, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.
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This is a very wonderful story that takes place in Washington State. It is current, and brings out every emotion that you can feel.
This Freshman author does a great job and should continue to out do herself. As I read the story I did not get the feeling that I was reading a female author, (flowery discription ect.) yet instead I got a good feeling and understanding of the characters through the entire story.
Oct 13, 2008
Read this book!
I have to say that this is one of the best books I have read this year. That's saying a lot as I average about 3 books a week.
It's the story of a man who is 'slow'; he insists that he is not retarded as his number is 76 and retarded is either 70 or 75. He lives with his grandmother and has a job.
His grandmother dies and, shortly after, he wins the lottery.
It is interesting to see who he decides to trust and why and whether he is right in his assumptions. The book is full of funny moments to make you laugh out loud and sad moments to make you cry.
If you remotely enjoyed the movie "Forest Gump", get this book. It's not a copy of Forest Gump or anything, the main character just reminded me of him.
Oct 5, 2008
A disabled man wins the lottery. The book examines what happens around him. As adults we probably know the life lessons of this book. Be tolerent of everyone, don't be judgemental, everyone is here for a purpose, the disabled might be more able than you think, money isn't everything and happiness can't be bought. The book was an easy read for our book club. I would recommend this book to high schoolers as a lesson in ethics. The author spoke via internet to our group and did ad some insight.
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