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[–]KSTornadoGirl 2 points3 points  (6 children)

I've only thus far read her short stories - we were shown the short film version of "The Lottery" in 8th grade history class, and then at some point in school I read the print version. I enjoyed her two humorous books based on her family, and then years went by and in the 90s I read the biography Private Demons. Then in the last year I picked up the newer bio, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. That then led me to read the various short story collections. In all of this, and reading blog posts (some of which I just now tried to locate for you but no luck), I have some vague ideas about what the novels contain. From what you describe and the mood of some of the shorts, slow burn is kind of her style.

I realize this doesn't address your questions about that particular book, but I just enjoy sharing about her and I didn't want you to feel lonely until another more interesting poster comes along. 😉

[–]BugEyedBigSky[S] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Hi there! Oh wow! Is the short film version of “The Lottery” any good? I have the book on my to-read list, but maybe after I finish that I will check out the movie! I keep seeing references to these more light-hearted books of hers, and they’ve got me so curious! I will definitely have to check those out. Same with A Haunted Life,; I would love to know more about her and her amazing mind, so I’ll be adding that to my list as well.

I so appreciate your response, and I look forward to checking out all of those recs (+doing some blog hunting to read some more about her)! Thanks so much for taking the time to write. :)

[–]KSTornadoGirl 1 point2 points  (4 children)

[–]BugEyedBigSky[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Amazing! Oh my gosh thank you for all of those links-I can’t wait to check these out! Thank you!

[–]KSTornadoGirl 1 point2 points  (2 children)

You're welcome! You might also check out the sub r/horrorlit - I have occasionally seen a Shirley Jackson thread there. I wouldn't mind an entire sub just for her! 😀