Why did I love this book?
I read as a writer. Can’t help it. I read with my noggin gobbling up what I can learn from any given author. But occasionally that author’s skill seems unattainable. So it is with Shirley Jackson. Her masterful handling of situation and character takes my breath away. At her best, Jackson is in complete control of the unsaid, and the merely suggested.
About the only thing I remember reading in Ms. Robinson’s English class was The Lottery. That story opened my mind to the power of fiction, and as I can understand now, of handling narrative, and choreographing tension. Jackson’s very believable characters are forever balancing on the knife edge of the supernatural and the merely strange human behavior.