The Lottery is the third in the internationally bestselling and prize winning Christmas cookie club series. Will they win when they play the lottery? What will they do with the money? How will it change them? What secrets are exposed? A perfect novel for today’s tumultuous and increasingly unequal society.
About The Lottery
What happens when seven members of a cookie exchange suddenly win the mega millions? Now, in the midst of the worst economic downturn in three quarters of a century, The Lottery turns Pearlman’s unflinching eye on class and security, arrogance and entitlement when she opens up the dirty little secret of money and wealth. As seven members of a cookie exchange meet to play the lottery, they realize each has scars from the economic system and has been hit by the recession in different ways.
But, of course, they win! The big one: $125 million. A life changing amount. Their dreams have all come true. Or have they?
Will anything ever again be as exciting?
With the lottery win, healed fractures break open, bursting into rages. Character flaws are exposed; loyalties and moralities are tested. And, yes, new lives and dreams are realized. Wealth brings out strength, courage, and generosity in some, and selfishness, greed, conceit in others. Integrity is tested when they learn startling things—garnering dismay and admiration — about themselves as they finish another year together, frayed at the edges, but even closer as events make a full circle. As readers we are able to examine our own ethics about money and class, and, indeed, life itself, as we witness the cookie club friends facing both struggle and joy.
How does this all end? Leave it to Pearlman to bring the story to a memorable conclusion, warming our hearts and breaking our hearts at the same time.
Ann Pearlman has been passionate about writing since the eighth grade. A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Nominee and bestselling writer, she’s the author ten books, fiction, nonfiction, memoir and illustrated stories. Her series, The Christmas Cookie Club has been internationally translated and a bestseller. A Gift for My Sister, the second in the series, won a prize for best fiction in 2014. Her most recent novel, The Lottery, the third in the trilogy, follows the adventures of the cookie club ladies when they play the lottery. It’s a fantasy for many of us. What secrets are revealed? What changes does this make? When not writing or making art, she cooks, works out, and hangs out with family and friends. She lives in a forest near Ann Arbor, Michigan. Check out annpearlman.net to learn more