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What Everyone Misunderstands About ‘The Lottery’

If you think you know Shirley Jackson’s tale, can you explain why the victim is a woman?

“The Lottery” is a story a lot of people think they know: a grim tale of a small town that annually stones to death a resident chosen in a random drawing. Some critics say it’s…



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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.