Thursday, January 11, 2007


OK. Here it is. Tell me what you guys think!

Patricia Wood

A funny, poignant, and wise novel about a very rich underdog who shows everyone just how little his IQ says about his smarts.

Perry’s IQ is only 76, but he’s not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: She taught him to write things down so he won’t forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of thirty-one. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with. Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic who leap off the pages, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.

“What I love about Lottery is that it is much more than a novel about a windfall affecting a simple soul—it’s a book about a stupendous event affecting a great number of people, especially the reader.” —Paul Theroux

“In her debut novel, Patricia Wood defines poignancy in words of one syllable. Lottery is solid gold.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard

Patricia Wood is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii, focusing on education, disability, and diversity. Lottery is inspired by her work, as well as a number of events in her life. She lives with her husband aboard a sailboat moored in Ko`Olina, Hawaii. This is her first novel.

$24.95/$31.00 CAN
6” x 9”
320 pages
Export rights TK
Other rights TK


Kiskadee said...

It sounds fantastic - just up my street. Can't wait to read it!

Amy MacKinnon said...

Another rung on the publishing ladder conquered. Congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Love it! Bring it on!

Zany Mom said...


I love how all of this cool catalog copy is a no-no in the query letter. No wonder writers are so confused, LOL.

word ver: dgshz -- I've had my fill of that around here lately, dang puppies! ;)

ORION said...

That's because the catalogue copy is what's in the catalogue that describes the books that the publisher is bringing out that quarter. It is written by the editor / marketing. The query letter is written by the author so that is why it is bad form to praise the novel.
The submission letter from agent to editor is equally effusive about the book. Again it is NOT written by the author - so that is fine.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see it - this sounds fabulous!!! :)

Kim Stagliano said...

As the mother of 3 special needs girls, I am EAGER to read this book. Let us know when we can preorder.


Anonymous said...

We really hafta wait 'til August?


The more I read about it, the more I want to read the book NOW!

ORION said...

Maybe I'll have a contest to win an ARC (advanced reader copy). You could write to Putnam and and ask for a review copy - but then you would have to review it in your blog! I think they might be out sometime in later march or april but it is still early in the process.
I guess you'll just have to wait!

Anonymous said...

August??! I have to wait until AUGUST??? That really stinks - can we pre-order it from yet? I'm so happy for you, Pat! Congratulations again, and enjoy the ride! (And please continue to report on it here so we can live vicariously in your celebrity.) :)

Anonymous said...

It really does sound like the kind of book I love to read!
When will your site go live??

Bernita said...


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read, and I shall buy a copy as soon as Amazon has them in the catalog.

Congrats once again!

word veri: wolga. Sounds like a Russian greeting.

Disillusioned But Hopeful said...

I'm the one that posted about living vicariously in your celebrity. For some reason it put me down as "anonymous" (I've been having problems traveling between the new Blogger and the old one.) Eileen