Thursday, July 26, 2007

Patricia Wood's LOTTERY a sure bet

Thousands of debut novels are launched every year. Some shine, others don't, and many leave you shaking your head that they were published at all. Here's one you're gonna love. Patricia Wood's debut novel Lottery will be released six days from now on August 2nd. Do yourself a favor and go buy a copy. You’ll be glad you did.

Lottery is a tender, uplifting story that makes you want to stand up and applaud. There is a wonderful imagination at work here with touches of narrative magic that truly make this book ‘unputdownable’. I read my copy over lunch, in the bathtub, and when I should have been working on other things. And I finished the last page with regret.

The protagonist is Perry Crandall, a universally likeable character with
an IQ of only 76. You can’t help but
root for him, especially when his grandmother dies and he's left an orphan at the age of thirty-one.
Then he wins $12 million in the lottery and every imaginable sort of buzzard lands on his doorstep determined to screw him over.

But don’t misunderstand.

This story isn’t about the money.

It’s a compelling tale about friendship, love, greed and the resilience of the human spirit, the sort of novel I predict will seduce millions of readers around the world because, simply put, it makes you feel good inside. More importantly, Lottery speaks to all of us, not just an intellectual few, and for that reason alone, this debut novel deserves all the accolades it
will inevitably receive for years and years to come.

16 comments:

M. G. Tarquini said...

Amen, sister.

The Anti-Wife said...

What a wonderful review.

Larramie said...

Holly, that was perfect!

Kim Stagliano said...

What she said. :)

wordman17 said...

I've added this one
to my list of "must buy books".
Thanks for the heads-up!

Katie Alender said...

I've pre-ordered mine!

kyla-dale said...

Me, too. I pre-ordered
my copy when you mentioned
this book on your blog
once before.

Now I can't wait to read it.
Sounds like a kewl story.

P.S. I h8 high-brow
literary fiction.
Nice to hear Lottery
"speak to all of us"
as you say.

marie lewison said...

I've been looking for a
book to take on vacation
in August. After reading
your review, I'm sold!
I will be heading to my
local B&N next week. Thank
you for the heads-up!

An Ohio fah,
Marie Lewison

ORION said...

I could feel my ears burning all the way from Hawaii!
Thanks guys!

ORION said...

THIS MESSAGE IS FROM HOLLY
Really.
It is.
Someone hit a tower and her area has no internet. She will have inconsistent service for several days.
I know she is going through withdrawal.
I would.
Actually I think I'd drive 50 miles to the closest Starbucks.
Yup.

mcewen said...

Resilience and published on my birthday - gotta buy it!
Cheers

Wendy Roberts said...

I can't wait to read this book!

Travis Erwin said...

I am eager for the release in two days.

Kim Stagliano said...

This just gets better and better. USA Today? Wow.

On Thursday I am running a contest for a signed copy of Lottery! Come by, won't you?

LadyBronco said...

Holly -
Fabulous review. :0)

Martha O'Connor said...

I loved this book, too! It was a pleasure to get to read an advance copy.

Thank you for your comments on my blog! I'll have to pick up your books next time I'm in the store. They sound delicious!

xx
Martha :)