by Patricia Wood

Debut Books of the Month Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on Lottery

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.

Lottery Synopsis

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 whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of thirty-one. 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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Lottery Press Reviews

'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

'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

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ISBN: 9780434017867
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780434017867
Publication date: 3rd January 2008
Author: Patricia Wood
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction,

About Patricia Wood

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.

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