By Patricia Wood
Completed December 7, 2011
Perry L. Crandall is not retarded. He’ll tell you this several times as he narrates Lottery. But he is several things: wise beyond his years, kind, compassionate and darn right likeable. And he makes Patricia Wood’s debut novel a joy to read.
Perry lives with his Gram, works at the local marina and studies words every day. Sadly, when his grandmother dies, he’s left to deal with his family – a pack of vultures that pick apart Perry’s meager inheritance and send him on his way. Thankfully, Perry also has good friends at work, who take him under their wings and give him a place to stay. Perry is good with money and likes to play the lottery. And then the unthinkable happens – he wins millions from the state lottery. And here come the vultures (aka brothers and sisters-in-law) again.
As you learn about Perry’s plight with his family, you just want to call a lawyer for him. But as you read the story, you realize that Perry can handle this. And he does – beautifully. While he deals with his crazy family, he forms a truer bond with his friends. He’s generous when he needs to be and lucrative in other places. Perry calls himself an “auditor” – a person who listens to the world around him. And because he listens a lot, he understands what people want and need.
Lottery is a true blue, heart-warming novel. It’s not a complex read, and the messages of friendship and love make this book a wonderful story. I highly recommend Lottery to anyone who needs to find hope in humanity. ( )