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Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation
Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation | Miles Hyman
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The classic short story--now in full colorShirley Jackson's "The Lottery" continues to thrill and unsettle readers nearly seven decades after it was first published. By turns puzzling and harrowing, it raises troubling questions about conformity, tradition, and the specter of ritualized violence that haunts even the most bucolic, peaceful village. This graphic adaptation, published in time for Jackson's centennial, allows readers to experience "The Lottery" as never before, or discover it anew. The visual artist--and Jackson's grandson--Miles Hyman has crafted an eerie vision of the hamlet where the tale unfolds, its inhabitants, and the unforgettable ritual they set into motion. His four-color, meticulously detailed panels create a noirish atmosphere that adds a new dimension of dread to the original tale. Perfectly timed to the current resurgence of interest in Jackson and her work, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": The Authorized Graphic Adaptation masterfully reimagines her iconic story with a striking visual narrative.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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My local library has gotten a few graphic novelizations of classics lately, and this seemed a great way to revisit an old classic in a new way. It still holds the ominous buildup of the original, and the graphics done by Jackson‘s grandson work great with the original story.

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@TheReadingMermaid
I think this book counts as on theme, without giving any specifics as spoilers.

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 4w
Lizpixie I‘ll have to track these down. I really enjoyed my read of 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lizpixie The original short story is excellent. 4w
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I loved the inner forward with insight into Shirley‘s life.

JazzFeathers I've heard this is one of her best short stories. 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JazzFeathers I originally read it in high school, and I still remember it. It stuck with me. 4w
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Clwojick
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I can‘t believe it‘s already the last day of week 3 for #MayMadness. This was the first graphic novel that I‘ve had time to read.

It was darker than I was expecting, and it had me guessing throughout the whole story, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I think i would really enjoy reading the original novel, so I‘ll be on the lookout for it at the thrift store.

SW-T I enjoyed the original novel. Didn‘t know they‘d done a graphic novel of it. 6mo
Stacy_31 I love the novel, had no idea there was a graphic novel! 6mo
SaturnDoo Here's the link where you can listen to the original story for free http:// ia800504.us.archive.org/34/items/NBC_short_story/510314_04_The_Lottery.mp3
http://ia800504.us.archive.org/34/items/NBC_short_story/510314_04_The_Lottery.mp...
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SaturnDoo @Stacy_31 😁 did you find it yet 6mo
SaturnDoo I meant to say I'm glad you got to read it finally and glad you enjoyed it. I warned you it was dark 😊 6mo
RadicalReader Shirley Jackson Ive heard is an awesome author!! 6mo
Stacy_31 @saturndoo I ordered it from amazon. So Tuesday I will have it! 😀😀 (edited) 6mo
Clwojick @Stacy_31 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
SaturnDoo @Stacy_31 yay!!!! 6mo
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SoniaC
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I completely devoured this over lunch. I‘ve always been a fan of this story but watching it all unfold in these pictures really added so much to the experience of it.

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Krisjericho
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Mehso-so

The short story “The Lottery” is stunning and chilling. The graphic adaptation does not do it justice. Skip this, and read the original.

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HighLadyoftheStacks
Mehso-so

I think they could have done this in pictures and not used dialogue. The story didn‘t hit as hard for me, and I think part of it was because the copy and the pictures seemed disjointed. The art was beautiful though.

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emilyhaldi
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In one of Jackson's most well-known stories, the people of a village #cometogether one day a year to congregate downtown for "The Lottery" drawing. But in fact they are trying to distance themselves from one another as much as possible in hopes that they won't be affected by this ritual sacrifice... #heyjune

GypsyKat Good choice! 1y
Kalalalatja Oh, I haven‘t seen this edition before 😍 1y
vivastory @Kalalalatja This adaptation is by Jackson's grandson. It's really cool. 1y
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rohit-sawant Great pick! 1y
Kalalalatja @vivastory awesome!! 1y
LeahBergen So good! 1y
Cinfhen Your table is back!!!! Woohoo!!! Still haven‘t read this book #oneday 1y
ephemeralwaltz Such a good read. I'd love to check out this graphic adaptation! Lovely photo! 1y
Mdargusch Good pick! 1y
emilyhaldi I wish @Cinfhen it's an old pic 😢 but the table is safely in storage and will reemerge someday! 1y
Cinfhen 😢😢I was so excited for u! Glad to know table is safe 💙 1y
Reviewsbylola Did you like this one? 1y
Reviewsbylola And would you recommend the GN or the original story? I have read neither. 1y
emilyhaldi The GN is so brief, I would recommend the original!! 1y
SomedayAlmost The original... and all of her stories. 1y
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MaggieCarr
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2018 #ReadHarderChallenge by #BookRiot
Task 24 : An assigned book you hated (or
never finished)
Read and hated #TheLottery in school. Attempted different approach by using the #GraphicNovel this go 'round. Wonderfully illustrated but still loathed the book. Most likely because of my dislike for people who don't adjust to change but rather desire to continue what has always been done before.

Bookladylinda I didn‘t know there is also a graphic novel, I haven‘t read the book yet. 2y
MaggieCarr The illustrator is Shirley Jackson's great grandson. 2y
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aprilpohren
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Stunning illustrations depicting an eerie story. I don't recall reading the story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, but will definitely be adding that to my #tbr pile after this graphic novel depiction!

DarcysMom I love "The Lottery" - it is the one short story I consistently assign to my composition students. I think I *need* this! ? 2y
Tamra The Lottery is haunting. 2y
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skyeharmony
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I had somehow never heard of or read this story until this year. I read both the normal version and this graphic adaptation; the graphics really add something and maybe make it even more haunting.

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tammysue
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"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green. The people of the village began to gather in the square..."
Now adapted by grandson Miles Hyman, the graphic is just as terrifying + unsettling ?

LiteraryinLititz Just taught this in English class last week! The kids thought it was really disturbing (which it is). 2y
tammysue @LiteraryinLititz Most definitely, I had seen the movie version years back. 2y
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TiffReadsAndRuns
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An excellent, chilling graphic novel adaptation of Shirley Jackson‘s classic.

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emilyhaldi
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Tessie may have won the lottery, but that doesn't make her a #richgirl ☠️
#augustgrrrl

Cinfhen Clever 💚👍🏻😄 2y
LeahBergen Nope. 😬 2y
Zelma Well played. (edited) 2y
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suvata ♥️ 2y
emilyhaldi Thanks @Cinfhen @Zelma I was feeling very clever today 😂 2y
BarbaraBB Very well played! 2y
Reviewsbylola I've not read this one. 2y
Mdargusch Looks good. I like the drawings. 👍🏼 2y
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theinfophile
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I am uncomfortable that this exists

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annalibris
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This was a short read, and a very weird one, but certainly did justice to the original. It's illustrated by Jackson's grandson, and the details are really lovely. After a dozen or so readings, though, this story still gives me the willies; it's as creepy as ever.

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collegecatlady
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This was an accurate adaptation by one of Shirley Jackson's family members but the art just wasn't for me.

emilyhaldi I agree, it was a little bit one note for me. 2y
collegecatlady @emilyhaldi I felt like there were times where I was seeing the same illustration over again because the style was so stagnant if that makes sense (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi I couldn't have said it better myself! 2y
Zelma Totally agree. I thought it lost the strength of the story by illustrating it as well. My imagination made this even creepier. 2y
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MCYmermaid

"The morning of June 27th was clear and sunny, with the fresh warmth of a full-summer day; the flowers were blossoming profusely and the grass was richly green." #itwasagoodday #irony

Cinfhen Well played 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
MCYmermaid Thank you! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Evening reading 😍🍷

Jas16 Great picture! 2y
MadCatRamble Yay Shirley Jackson!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Curious to see what you think of this one. 2y
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BestOfFates
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Woot! Really glad I participated in the #tbrreadathon. Now if I just did that for every day in a few years I'd be caught up!

Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏻🎉 2y
Reviewsbylola Amazing job! 2y
Tera0707 Wow! 👏🏻 I envy you! Awesome job 2y
BestOfFates @Well-ReadNeck @Reviewsbylola @Tera0707 Thanks! It helped I did it with a friend so when I normally would have been like, time for something else! I instead just tried a new book! 2y
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BestOfFates
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Hyman clearly conveys the heart of Jackson's story and I love his art style. (4th book down for #tbrreadathon)

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BestOfFates
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The artist is doing such a great job of creating the same suspense and dread of the short story. #tbrreadathon

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BestOfFates
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Next up for the #tbrreadathon is the graphic novel adaptation of The Lottery!

kalinichta Beautiful art. 2y
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Zelma
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Hmm, this was tough to rate. It's not horrible; it just lacks all the magic and beauty of the written story. It certainly has an interesting tone, great imagery, nice illustrations, but.... it isn't enough. The story plods along with a slight tension but then the denouement loses all of its power by showing the action. Stick with the short story.

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Indexasaurus
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So the artist/author of this book is actually Shirley Jackson's grandson. And based on these two paragraphs alone, I think I need to put the recently published biography of the lady on my TBR pile. Looks like she lived a fascinating life!

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Indexasaurus
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Someone returned this to our bookdrop, I didn't know a graphic novel of this book existed. I may have to read this now. #saturdaylibrarian

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RowReads1
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Since I just quickly reviewed this one without a photo I thought this would work well for #thebacksofwomen.

Donna_sBookMinute Oh wow. I'm reading my first graphic novel. This looks like a good one as well. I'm gonna read the print copy first. 3y
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RowReads1
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This graphic novel is by Shirley Jackson's grandson. The illustrations are dark and brooding. The characters look beat down by life. The dialogue is almost nonexistent. I think it's worth reading just to compare to the original story. They're both powerful just in different ways.

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KristinAppel
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This is a graphic novel of The Lottery created by the author's grandson. I loved it! Shirley Jackson's work is so good! I find it deliciously twisted. ☺️👻

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tjwill
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What an intense version of an already suspenseful story. The illustrations look old-fashioned, and they are detailed and full of emotion. Shirley Jackson's classic short story is retold graphic novel-style.

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tjwill
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Isn't this awesome? It's the graphic adaptation of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery." (And yes, I am just sitting in the floor of my bedroom admiring all my new books right now.)

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RobinGustafson
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Yay! My library request came in at just the right time for the weekend

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EmilyChristine
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This image, I think says a lot.

Really good illustrations. If you haven't read this book yet I'd recommend it, whether this version or the original.

It's a very short story, but very good.

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EmilyChristine
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It seems so innocent at first...

I've read this before but seeing it illustrated is nice. The drawings are wonderful.

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EmilyChristine
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Miles Hyman is Shirley Jackson's grandson. He has adapted her story into a graphic novel.

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Smangela
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I'm doing my first readathon with @24in48 in the next week and am looking for some graphic novels to read. What do you recommend, so far I picked up The Lottery and Sense & Sensibility... thanks in advance Littens!

24in48 Love Nimona, Lumberjanes, Saga, March, Persepolis, and Ms. Marvel off the top of my head! So glad you're joining #24in48! 3y
BarbaraJean I'd second Persepolis and Lumberjanes, and add 3y
prowlix I agree with all the above and add 3y
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feminismandyoga Third to all those plus Spider-Woman, Silk, Spider-Women, Princeless (yes its written by an old white dude, but you'd never guess from the writing, trust me), and Gotham Academy is great but especially because it has a crossover series with Lumberjanes that I can't wait to read. 3y
Smangela @24in48 @BarbaraJean @prowlix @StoredFeminism @elkeo thank you guys!! My holds list at the library is insane now haha :) I can't wait! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Litsy enablers to the rescue! 3y
melrailey Persepolis, March, Ms. Marvil are all great. Anything by Jeff Lemire. Nimona. Maus is fantastic. If you're in to Star Wars, I'd highly recommend the Kanan series. Oh and The Unwritten series is one of my favorites. All about books and stories. Then of course Saga. 3y
Smangela @melrailey thank you!! I've got (all?) 6 saga volumes and the most current Ms. Marvil. LOVED Nimona and Maus 3y
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EmilyChristine
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Yay! Two holds came in today. Pretty excited to read this graphic adaptation of The Lottery. (And yes I will be starting a new series but I've been waiting forever!) I'm avoiding adding any new books to my hold list at the library but these have been on it awhile.

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SuziQoregon
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This was interesting. The story was stripped down to mostly the dialog. It's by Jackson's grandson. The art conveys the setting of a mid century small town. In some ways it wasn't as chilling as the original and on other ways it was more so.

RealLifeReading Thanks for the review! I've been wondering about this one 3y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Not sure what the heck possessed me to pick this up on day 1 of 2017, because...it's The Lottery. This is dark sh*t. But this graphic novel is amazing. SO atmospheric and so deceptively simple telling the tale through faces and images moving from frame-to-frame perfectly. It's scary and yet feels normal and is a beautiful rendering of a classic. It's new, yet not. It tells the same tale in an amazing new way.
Book 2 in my 2017 #MountTBR 👍

kathyellendavis I loved this short story as a high schooler! I'll have to check it out! 3y
DivineDiana I was actually in a dramatic production of this in high school! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @DivineDiana I am glad you survived 😉 3y
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annemi
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Made out like a bandit this year. @outofprint t-shirts are the best.

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Godmotherx5
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Amazing artwork in this graphic novel adapted by Shirley Jackson's grandson. The pictures show the tension & fear. Words are not necessary to feel the emotions in this version.

Bloomingjen funny that it say 'authorized' I know...family/estate/whatevs...but not really, though...anyway, definitely adding this to my stack 3y
MrBook 😳😮 3y
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Betty
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Sample page from publisher's website. http://us.macmillan.com/interiors?isbn=9780809066506

Eyelit I saw this at my library yesterday and didn't pick it up - kind of kicking myself for it now. Hopefully it'll still be there when I go back 😃 3y
respekt1111 It's a good quick read. Very faithful to the story and evokes the atmosphere. 3y
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Ashestoashes
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Pleased to find that Shirley Jackson's grandson did this graphic novel. The sparseness of the story really comes through in this format. I'm definitely going to re-read and relook at this story in a different way. In my freshman high school English class, I acted out the story in a small group. We rehearsed at a friend's house, getting the phrase about "m'dishes" right. We ended the play with handfuls of crumpled paper rocks thrown at our friend.

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Ashestoashes
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Reading this tonight in honor of Shirley Jackson's 100th birthday. Picked this up at Book Riot Live last month. Tomorrow I'll tell you about why I love this story.

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Janitor
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Whatttt?

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angrylilasian
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Sneaking in a little me time before making dinner. 😄

Megabooks That looks good! 3y
ScrappyMags One of my faves!! My students really like that one usually too. 📚 3y
TheNextBook I love that story! Is this the graphic novel for it!? 3y
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angrylilasian @ScrappyMags first time I read it, I was blown away. Didn't see it coming! 3y
Tsubame Wow, I didn't know about this book! I'm intrigued!! 3y
LeanneAslin I didn't know there was a graphic novel version of this! I love Shirley Jackson, I may have to pick this up! 3y
ScrappyMags @angrylilasian me too I think it's why high schoolers like it. It's not too "old and dusty" lol 3y
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vivastory
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Shirley Jackson is an American treasure, as much as Poe & Whitman. Miles Hyman is her grandson & he has created an elegant graphic adaptation of "The Lottery." The art work is clean and compliments the strange domestic surrealism at work in the story. I am not labeling Shirley Jackson a surrealist, she is too singular for any categories. It is the illustration of the disquiet in the prosaic; a kind of menace beneath American practicality.

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Readaholics
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Super excited for this comic. Shirley Jackson is spooky! But Wilson is dog tired...lol

LeahBergen Wilson is very handsome! 3y
BookBabe Wow,cool! Stacked 👍🏻 3y
Godmotherx5 My copy arrived last week. Hope we like it. Enjoy! 3y
Soubhiville Aw 🐶❤️ 3y
missjenniferlowe 🐶😊super cute! 3y
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