Girl Reading by a Window,
Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1902,
oil on canvas.
Have just finished an ARC for LOTTERY by Patricia Wood.
To be published in August by G.P.Putnam's Sons (Penguin Group) as their catelogue's lead novel.
All the details: the foreign rights sales and the path and pattern to publication and a picture of its cover, can be found on Pat's Blog.
It's a lovely story. A lovely, lovely novel. A delight to read from so many perspectives, told with a superb simplicity of style.
Perry has an IQ of 76, but he is not retarded - he is just slow - and he is sensible in the best ways.
And he is lucky - not because he wins a 12 million dollar lottery - but because he knows the real and true value of money and people.
His voice is also true and sure and never wavers.
The characters live, are vital and human, even - perhaps especially - Gram, who is soon dead.
And you will like them all - except for the rest of his family, whom you will cordially hate.
Mostly, though, you will like Perry.
Perry is so cool.
You will see Lottery on the Best Seller lists.
Lottery is a Keeper.