To truly be a “reader”, you have to read every genre. One genre that is often overlooked is the short story. I am going to take the next few weeks to focus on this wonderful genre.
Today, I spotlight one of the most memorable short stories I have read in my 52 years: “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
Published in The New Yorker magazine in 1948, it is known as one of the most famous short stories in the history of American Literature. The nature of the story lulls the reader into a false sense of a pleasing and satisfying ending. With quite a twist ending, many subscribers to the magazine cancelled their subscriptions.
It has since been adapted for all sorts of media, including radio, television, and film.
If you have not read this wonderful piece of literature, or haven’t read it lately, I encourage you to do so. It is just as relevant now, perhaps even more so, as it was decades ago.