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Book Review: 'Just an Ordinary Day'

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Just an Ordinary Day

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Shirley Jackson
publisher:
Bantam
genre:
Horror, Short Stories, Fiction

We gave it an A

Long before Stephen King made horror a national pastime, Shirley Jackson was producing macabre classics like ”The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House, with their chilling explorations of evil lurking just below the surface of daily life. When a carton of original manuscripts and unpublished stories left moldering in a Vermont barn turned up nearly 30 years after Jackson’s death, two of her children assembled the fine new collection Just an Ordinary Day, which includes lighthearted family chronicles as well as some of her darker tales. If it gets too scary, ”all you have to do is scream,” as one of Jackson’s characters advises a newlywed whose husband is trying to kill her. A