Sunday, December 21, 2008
97. "Lottery" - Patricia Wood
Perry L. Crandell (L for Lucky) is not retarded, as we learn in the first few sentences. He has an IQ of 76. That point - literally - is what provides meaning in Per's life, along with Slurpees at a place where a pretty girl named Cherry works and being besties with a man named Keith.
Then, Perry wins the lottery. His brothers hound him for cash. His mother sends letters. Without his Gram to protect him, Perry relies on Keith's good advice to protect him along his bumpy journey.
This was one of those books where I thought I knew where the story was going. It's funny, it's poignant, and it's tense. But, to my great glee, the author didn't take the easy way out with the last 70 pages. Sure, some of it is tied up a little too nicely (with a bow on top), but I liked the choices.
It is not Flowers for Algernon. But it is still worthy of our attention.
3.75 out of 5.0 Tall Ships.