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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. A ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Windmill Books (first published August 2nd 2007)
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Mary
Perry L. Crandall would like you to know that he is not retarded. Retarded would be 75 on an IQ test, and he is 76. Besides, Perry takes care not only of himself, but also of his Gran, a crusty, no-nonsense woman who loves him for who he is and lets him shine his light through his own accomplishments. (She tells him the L in his name stands for Lucky.)

Perry describes his life in simple and succinct sentences that manage to be full of wonder and surprise. As he speaks, we see all too clearly the
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

So what do you think -- do you think it's okay for a book reviewer to occasionally recuse themselves from reviewing certain books for ethical reasons, kind of like how judges sometimes do it during certain trials? Because I have to admit, I originally wanted to pick up Patricia Wood's Lottery because
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Filipa
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart disse: "Nem a inteligência superior nem a imaginação, nem ambas em conjunto, contribuem para a formação do génio. Amor, amor, amor, eis a alma do génio."

Esta é uma das frases que estão incutidas neste livro e digo incutidas porque para além de escritas, se sente isto ao longo de todo o desenrolar da história. É um dos livros mais ternurentos e cheios de vida que já li até hoje. Um livro que ensina ou relembra tudo o que a vida trás, tanto bom como mau e ensina/relembra pr
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Natalie
Dec 25, 2007 Natalie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone over about 14 due to explicit sex and LOTS of swearing
Throughout the first quarter or so of the book, I thought it was going to be just another lightweight, insipid story about the triumph of the underdog. Well, it is kind of about the triumph of the underdog. It is about the triumph of the human spirit. And it really is about what really constitutes intelligence. And how great a part does our intelligence play in making us the best humans we can be.
I was worried that it would just be another "don't judge a book by it's cover" parable. And in a se
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Susan
This is part review and part commentary about the other reviews here. Many readers compare Lottery to Forest Gump. Besides the main characters having a low IQ in common, the stories are not similar at all. Forest Gump was purposely absurd and mocked Forest’s disability, while Lottery, in my opinion, tells a genuine and believable story in a way that is respectful to Perry’s shortcomings.

At least one reader said “I freaking despise ‘Retard with a heart of gold’ stories” but read the book anyway a
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Gerry
I just finished reading LOTTERY! I was thinking of three writers as I was reading it: Charles Dickens and Annie Proulx and John Irving. I was thinking of Annie Proulx and John Irving, because the language of the characters is so real and honest, and yet there is something unreal about them as well--not in a bad way, of course! And that's where Dickens comes in, I think. Ms. Wood's characters seem to be completely evil or completely good as are Dicken's characters, for the most part. The only exc ...more
Rhonda
This book was great, makes you happy and sad and angry. But mostly makes you think about the good people in your life.
Princess
Perry is not retarded. Perry is slow. Perry buys lotto tickets with his Gram each week and after she dies, he wins. And then his family comes out of the woodwork. But Perry is not retarded. Perry wants to be a businessman. Perry makes good decisions. Perry knows that love is important and money is just money.

I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. I thought there was too much swearing and there are some explicit sex scenes. I loved the cast of characters.
Patrice Hoffman
This book had me hooked at the first page. I laughed, I cried, and I really enjoyed this book. The main character was loveable from the beginning and I never got the impression he was "slow".... He seemed so logical and I was really rooting for him the whole time. I can't think of a more inspiring book that I have read this year than this one.
Guillaume Robidoux
For a first time author, Patricia Wood is pretty kick-ass. No joke. I won't sum the story up for you, since you are capable of looking that up for yourself, but I will tell you that I've never been as emotionally attached to a character as I have been with Perry. This book had be laugh-out-loud multiple times, and had me this close (--) to bawling just as much. Really, really, really fine work here. It would've gotten five stars if not for the sappy, hollywood ending that I really did not enjoy, ...more
Lofinkaa *True Hurts*
I found Lottery and took it. On a table in the lobby, where you procrastinate books you don't want anymore. For free. And so it seemed.

Read during vacation trip in Bulgaria

The narrator is a young man Perry L. Crandall, which measured IQ 76, but according his own words IS NOT RETARDED, just slow. And that is the whole book.

Despite the fact that Perry IS NOT RETARDED, he's a man, and men are retarded. All of them. I apologize a few gentlemen here. And if not, what about drunkenness, abuse and ina
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Ricki Jill Treleaven
This week I read Lottery by Patricia Wood. I. Love. This. BOOK! But before I get to my review, here's a little blurb about the author:

Patricia Wood was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She has served in the US Army, worked as a Medical Technologist, been a horseback-riding instructor, and most recently taught marine science in a public high school working with high-risk students in Honolulu. Patricia is an avid SCUBA diver, has assisted with shark research, won the Hawaii State Jumper Cha
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Christina
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Judy
This is a beautiful, heart-warming book about a guileless young man and the relationships between him and his family & friends. He was raised by his Gram, who instilled within him common sense, confidence and a healthy dose of questioning others. He was blessed to also have several close friends, who look after him. Perry is "slow" but he is quick to point out that he is not retarded because his IQ is 76. The author's writing puts the reader into the mind of Perry and makes him a very real p ...more
Amanda
Not my typical read. I found this book pretty sad and got frustrated at parts with the main character. I think this is because the book was written from the perspective of a person with a developmental disability. I think the point was to put yourself in someone else's shoes and the author did a good job of portraying the character's point of view, but after a while the language irritated me(it was fairly simple and repetitive). The main character's disability makes him very honest and innocent ...more
Kirsten
I loved this book. It's about a guy with a low IQ who wins the lottery and people's responses to him. It's written by a PHD student who specialises in education, disability and diversity, and whose father won the lottery. It's given me a new found respect for those with low IQ, and it's been a bit of a slap in the face to my attitude towards them. The friendships in the book are beautiful. 'Everyone has a place in this world'.
Lori (Hellian)
I just remembered I read this after one of my friends gave it a review. The only reason it's not getting higher marks is because I don't throw 4 or 5 stars away very easily, they're for books that stick with me for a long time. But this was a very enjoyable read, very sweet and easy - I spent a nice day on the couch with it, not putting it down except to go to the bathroom and eat. Oh, and probably walk the dog.
Selina Young
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. 3.5 stars. It was sweet and I enjoyed the narration. This book made me think and while I wouldn't have made some of the same choices as the main character I see his reasoning.
Kateri Ewing
Perry is about as likable a character as they make them. What a fun book. A range of emotions, and a vivid cast. Enjoyed this one very much. And hey, don't be smart. A triumph of the human spirit, and a reminder that good trumps all.
Jake
Oh my dear god! I hated it. I couldn't stand how the main character talked. It got really annoying really quick. I REALLY WISH he didn't have to explain EVERYTHING!

Bottom line- SKIP!
Melanie Moore
Lottery was a book I bought light years ago with my previously reviewed book, The Tenderness Of Wolves. Did I buy it for the reviews? Was it on sale? Could I have been hoping that the secrets of winning the lottery were deep within?
I’m not sure, but I did feel like I won with this book. Not the big jackpot, but a satisfying amount that allows you to brag a little.

This book will be like spending 340 pages with Forest Gump. Their IQ is about the same and both share that charming innocence that we
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Cynthia
When I talk about Patricia Wood’s debut novel, “Lottery” to people, invariably they will ask whether this is The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson. No, no – this is not THAT Lottery, this is a different Lottery. A nicer Lottery – it’s not where people are throwing stones at each other. Well. Maybe it is….
Lottery is the story about Perry Crandall, a likeable Forest Gump-ish character, who has an IQ of 76 – which is, as he will point out to you, one number ABOVE mental retardation. The importance
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Dawn
Perry is such a likable character, right from the beginning. There is so much to like about him: the way he studies several words from the dictionary each day (one of his favorite words to use is "echt" - true, and it's fun to see how he uses what he's learning and how he inspires others in the story); how he remembers what his Gram has said and what she's taught him (it's neat how he knows her personality and can guess from past experiences how she might react or comment on something); how he v ...more
Kasha
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was a lot of profanity, and a lot of the profanity was diety and f-word, the main reason I give it a 3. Is it still worth reading, with all the profanity? That is a topic of discussion that is ongoing (as is evidenced by books like Catcher in the Rye) and I won't attempt to get into those issues here. Suffice it to say that I was amazed at the wisdom with which the main character Perry was able to approach life and how winning the lottery changed his lif ...more
Kelly
This book has 61 short chapters, which didn’t really work well for me at first. Normally I’m not a fan of long chapters, but these chapters were definitely too short. At first it felt like it was taking me a long time to read this book. Sometimes when I’m reading I’ll give myself a goal to go to the end of the chapter and in this case, I was stopping really fast! I changed my mind on that one and would look ahead to find a good stopping point instead. Once I got really into the book I couldn’t p ...more
Vicki
Read this book and loved the main character, Perry, who is slow but not retarded. His grandmother played an instrumental role in his upbringing, and never allowed self-pity, but always encouraged him to learn. Loved the supporting characters as well. It was interesting to see how people glamorize winners while ignoring them previously. Loved the way Perry talked, and how his thought process worked.
Donna
I have recommended this book to bunches of people. It is a fantastic little book, written from the view point of a "slow" (I'm not retarded) 32-year old, who wins $12 million dollars in the Washington State lottery.
Depsite the fact, the reader sees the events in this book through the eyes of this gentle, innocent, wise, young man, we are able to also see his world through a wider, more sophistocated lens. Skillfully written, this book is one of the best POV books I have read in awhile. The plot
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Kersten
Lottery was chosen for our book club to read this month. I would probably not pick it to read base on the summary, but I really enjoyed this book. It is about Perry, a man who is not retarded, but slow . He narrates the story which centers around the lottery. I did find myself comparing it often to Forest Gump. But I found this to be a little more suspenseful as I wondered what was going to happen to this man? I really liked the simplicity of the writing style (short chapters, not overly descrip ...more
Nancy
Very enjoyable. I originally requsted this book on Paperbackswap because another member mentioned that it took place in the town in which I live, but I ended up liking it because it's a great story about a disabled man who wins $12 million in the lottery. The family that abandoned him as an infant comes out with hands outstretched, of course, but it's his friends who look out for him and help him live up to his potential. Telling the story from his point of view made the story more interesting a ...more
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Patricia Wood was born and raised in Seattle, Washington She has served in the U.S. Army, has worked as a Medical Technologist, horseback-riding instructor, and most recently as a marine science teacher working with high risk students in Honolulu. Patricia is an avid SCUBA diver, has assisted with shark research, won the Hawaii State Jumper Championship with her horse Airborne, crewed in a 39-foot ...more
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