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Debut novelist Patricia Wood hits publishing ‘Lottery’
If you’re waiting for the next big thing in summer reading fare, look
no further than Patricia Wood’s
debut novel "Lottery," which Penguin Group imprint Putnam launched on
August 2. Lottery’s premise -- what happens when Forrest Gump wins
Powerball -- is so simple yet volatile it is generating considerable
as copies reach bookstores.
Lottery tells the
story of Perry, who has an IQ of just 76. When his grandmother dies,
Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly
Washington State Lottery ticket bags him $12 million dollars, and all
those family members who ignored him most of his life begin showing up
with open hands.
Penguin says the novel is colored with characters both wicked and
heroic who leap off the pages, making Lottery a "gorgeously rendered
novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable."
William Morris literary agent Dorian
Karchmar in New York brokered a reported six-figure
deal for Lottery.
Karchmar told USA Today that offshore rights for Lottery have also been
sold in 10 countries, adding that film studios are now showing "a lot
of interest" in the story rights.
Patricia Wood is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii, focusing
on education, disability, and diversity. Lottery is inspired by her
work, and by her father winning the Washington State Lottery. She lives
with her husband on a sailboat moored in Ko'Olina, Hawaii.
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