Just an Ordinary Day

Just an Ordinary Day

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Acclaimed in her own time for her short story a€œThe Lotterya€ and her novel The Haunting of Hill Housea€”classics ranking with the work of Edgar Allan Poea€”Shirley Jackson blazed a path for contemporary writers with her explorations of evil, madness, and cruelty. Soon after her untimely death in 1965, Jacksona€™s children discovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, many of which are brought together in this remarkable collection.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 Jacksona€™s 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 a€œJackson 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.a€a€”San Francisco Chronicle Praise for Shirley Jackson a€œ[Jacksona€™s] work exerts an enduring spell.a€a€”Joyce Carol Oates a€œShirley Jacksona€™s stories are among the most terrifying ever written.a€a€”Donna Tartt a€œAn amazing writer . . . If you havena€™t read [Jackson] you have missed out on something marvelous.a€a€”Neil Gaiman a€œShirley Jackson is unparalleled as a leader in the field of beautifully written, quiet, cumulative shudders.a€a€”Dorothy Parker a€œAn author who not only writes beautifully but who knows what there is, in this world, to be scared of.a€a€”Francine Prose a€œThe world of Shirley Jackson is eerie and unforgettable.a€a€”A. M. Homes a€œJackson 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.a€a€”Victor LaValle From the Trade Paperback edition.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.


Title:Just an Ordinary Day
Author:Shirley Jackson
Publisher:Bantam - 2009-10-21
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