It's time for another book club here at Rolling Around In My Head. We've had two thus far, Thread of Grace and Zoo Station. Both wonderful books and both, by accident not design, set in the during the Second World War. The book chosen this time,The Lottery, is set in present times so will be a big change and a welcome relief to those who do not like historical fiction or tales of war.
Patrica Wood's book tells the tale of a man with a 76 point IQ, that extra point makes a huge difference to him because it means that he's not 'r@tarded'. This alone is worth discussing. The title gives away the only plot point I'm willing to mention here. The main character wins the state lottery. The book is not about the money but about what money does to those around him. Family, friends, acquaintences are very much affected by his winning.
His Grandmother taught him survival skills. She knew that the thorny issue of 'trust' was a difficult thing for him and therefore ensured that he had some rules to follow. Extremely thoughtful parenting there.
The book is not as predictable as its plot may suggest. I was taken aback by the twists and turns and found myself tensing up at a very realistic portrayal of preditors and prey.
An interesting read. It's newly released in paperback so it won't be too expensive.
Here's what happens. All you do is sign up here in the comments section. If we get 7 or more signed up, we'll go ahead and set a date for the book club. Right now I'm thinking the first week of January. That will give everyone a lot of time to get the book and get reading it. It also will time well with the book club at work. Vita has a book club and we'll be doing The Lottery in January as well.
Hop on board, the last two were wonderful, this book looks to be the same.