by Gary, March 23, 2009 5:50 PM
Aside from her infamous story "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson's genius with the short story form is often overlooked. The stories in Just an Ordinary Day represent the great diversity of her work, from her incredibly dry, sarcastic humor to her explorations of the human psyche. The tales range, chronologically, from the writings of her college days and residence in Greenwich Village in the early 1940s to the unforgettably chilling stories from the period just before her death. Give this one a shot; I have a feeling you'll hold onto it for a while.