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Publisher's Summary

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 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.

©2007 Patricia Wood; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Wood's light humor and likable narrator...have mass appeal." (Publishers Weekly)

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Fabulous!

This book is a warm, funny and poignant story that moved me. Emotional rendition of how it feels to be a "special needs" person who is honest, loving, trusting and kind but who manages to make great, wise choices and find happiness. This book is filled with wisdom and grace! Highly recommended!

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Sweet book, a bit predictable

This book was excellently delivered and offered beautiful insight into the mind of a man with an IQ of 76. It demonstrates the sad reality of where too many place their priorities.

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Interesting & easy listening.

This was a very easy book to understand and hear. It describes a life most of us do not get an opportunity to be close to. I loved it.

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Sweet

A very simple and ultimately happy story. There isn't anything terribly deep here but it is appealingly told and beautifully narrated.

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  • Caroline
  • West Linn, OR, United States
  • 04-11-13

Wonderful!

What did you love best about Lottery?

Everything! Do yourself a favor and listen to this delightful story

What other book might you compare Lottery to and why?

I can't find one and I keep hoping Patricia Wood will have a new one out soon

Have you listened to any of Paul Michael’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listened to him before but found his narration utterly enjoyable

Who was the most memorable character of Lottery and why?

Perry L. Crandell, of course! We can all learn from him

Any additional comments?

One of the top 10 books I've ever read or listened to!

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Lottery

It was a pretty good book. Surely worth listening to, although the book was filled with profanity.

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Wonderful story

As sweet as Forrest Gump, with all the right human qualities- loved this story start to finish-

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A Very Special Book

This was such an entertaining and unique read. I kept passing on excerpts to my husband as I listened. The story, character descriptions and messages have stuck me now for quite awhile. I highly recommend this little-known book. You will be glad you experienced it and I think you'll pass it along too. Special credit given to the narrator who made me like him as much as the story.

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  • Shelly
  • La Mesa, CA, United States
  • 03-30-11

Characters to love and hate

I really enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me by a friend and I am very glad I took the suggestion. The characters of Perry, grandam, Keith, Gary and Cherry were all so enjoyable and you rooted for them all. The characters of Perry's "family" almost ruined the book for me and I had second thoughts about finishing the book because of my severe disgust for them. I am so glad that I chose to stick it out. This story is sweet with memorable characters and important life reminders mixed with a ton of humor. I firmly believe that the people I most like and respect in my life all have a little "Perry" in them. I won't forget these characters for awhile and I can still hear their voices. The reader was excellent.... Will try him again.

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  • Dreux
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 08-15-10

Uplifting

This is a truly heart-warming story. There is as much wisdom about human nature in this book as in any I've read.
Paul Michael's narration was, as always, astonishing. He took a diamond and turned into a precision cut, fiery jewel.