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“Jackson at her best: plumbing the extraordinary from the depths of mid-20th-century common. [Just an Ordinary Day] is a gift to a new generation.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Acclaimed in her own time for her short story “The Lottery” and her novel The Haunting of Hill House - classics ranking with the work of Edgar Allan Poe - Shirley Jackson blazed a path for contemporary writers with her explorations of evil, madness, and cruelty. Soon after her untimely death in 1965, Jackson’s children discovered a treasure trove of previously unpublished and uncollected stories, many of which are brought together in this remarkable collection. Here are tales of torment, psychological aberration, and the macabre, as well as those that display her lighter touch with humorous scenes of domestic life. Reflecting the range and complexity of Jackson’s talent, Just an Ordinary Day reaffirms her enduring influence and celebrates her singular voice, rich with magic and resonance. 

©2009 Shirley Jackson (P)2022 Random House Audio

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Worth the wait

Listening to the stories printed in magazines during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime or never be published was a treat . Narration was excellent especially with Kirsten Potter and others who fit the characters and gave them life. I only wish there were more!

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wonderful Shirley Jackson

What a treat to enjoy these stories. The settings are a window to the middle class of the 1940's and '50's as only Shirley Jackson would see them. A marvelous getaway for the mind.

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