Short Story Sunday: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”

sssFirst Line: “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.”

Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is a classic piece of American fiction, subversive and darkly funny. Like many great American stories, an entire small town becomes a character. As the residents of the town get together and wait for their mysterious annual lottery, the tension and discord builds, until it reaches an inevitable, disturbing conclusion.

You can read “The Lottery” here.


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