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Just an Ordinary Day
Just an Ordinary Day: Stories | Shirley Jackson
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Acclaimed in her own time for her short story The Lottery and her novel The Haunting of Hill Houseclassics ranking with the work of Edgar Allan PoeShirley Jackson blazed a path for contemporary writers with her explorations of evil, madness, and cruelty. Soon after her untimely death in 1965, Jacksons children discovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, many of which are brought together in this remarkable collection. Here are tales of torment, psychological aberration, and the macabre, as well as those that display her lighter touch with humorous scenes of domestic life. Reflecting the range and complexity of Jacksons talent, Just an Ordinary Day reaffirms her enduring influence and celebrates her singular voice, rich with magic and resonance. Praise for Just an Ordinary Day Jackson at her best: plumbing the extraordinary from the depths of mid-twentieth-century common. [Just an Ordinary Day] is a gift to a new generation.San Francisco Chronicle Praise for Shirley Jackson [Jacksons] work exerts an enduring spell.Joyce Carol Oates Shirley Jacksons stories are among the most terrifying ever written.Donna Tartt An amazing writer . . . If you havent read [Jackson] you have missed out on something marvelous.Neil Gaiman Shirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.Dorothy Parker An author who not only writes beautifully but who knows what there is, in this world, to be scared of.Francine Prose The world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable.A. M. Homes Jackson enjoyed notoriety and commercial success within her lifetime, and yet it still hardly seems like enough for a writer so singular. When I meet readers and other writers of my generation, I find that mentioning her is like uttering a holy name.Victor LaValle From the Trade Paperback edition.
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IamIamIam
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Nothing I have read in 10 years has resonated so strongly with me as this passage does. It's like a gut punch and I love Shirley Jackson for her transparency!!!! 💜💙😫

Soubhiville Stacking! Thanks for posting. 3mo
IamIamIam @Soubhiville 🤗😁😁😁 3mo
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I've got a vacation hangover, a basement full of laundry, IRL book club tomorrow (in which I'm the only person who ever reads the book), and a bunch of library books I had to renew once already!!! When does school start?!?

BTW, this a great collection of stories that were found more than 25 years after Jackson's death! Really enjoying this one!!

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quietjenn
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This has mostly been read on my commute, but I'm so close to finishing that I think I'll do so before sleep.

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Tamra
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Kindle Deal Jackson fans!

WhatWouldJaneDo Just snagged this one! 8mo
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Daunt Books meet-up in London from this past weekend!

BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous tote! 2y
thebooksatchel Lovely tote and books 2y
catebutler What a great haul!! 2y
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MyBookBath I bought the same tote, but in beige, when I was in London in March. Love it! 💙 2y
MrBook Nice! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Gorgeous photo Steph x 2y
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