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Patricia Wood is a PhD student at the University of Hawaii, focusing on education, disability, and diversity. Lottery is inspired by her work, as well as a number of events in her life, including her father winning the Washington State Lottery. She lives with her husband aboard a sailboat moored in Ko`Olina, Hawaii. This is her first novel. Patricia has one son, Andrew, who lives in Everett, where Lottery takes place.
Shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008. The story of a man with a low IQ, who see’s the world in kind and simple terms, winning 12 million on the Lottery and learning that the world about him does not share his moral compass. Funny, sad and enchanting.
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 importantly, 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 L. Crandall.
My name is Perry L. Crandall and I am not retarded.LOTTERY is an extraordinary novel about the nature of luck and chance. Perrys IQ is only 76, but hes not stupid. His Gram taught him everything he needs to know to survive: She taught him to write things down so he wont forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left bereft at the age of thirty-one. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him $12 million, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do withand his luck has very much changed. Poignant and funny, LOTTERY will leave listeners wondering until the very end whether Perrys good fortune can possibly withstand such a perilous world. But never underestimate Perry L. Crandall.With characters both wicked and heroic, LOTTERY is a deeply satisfying novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.From the Compact Disc edition.
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