Shirley Jackson, laugh out loud funny, precursor of David Sedaris’ domestic humor

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We associate Shirley Jackson with her short story, “The Lottery,” or her novel The Haunting of HIll House. She’s credited as having influenced Stephen King. But have you read her humor? Her two novels Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons are hilarious. If you enjoy David Sedaris, you’ll enjoy Jackson’s view of her children and home life. At the moment both are available in one book volume or separately. Life Among the Savages is also available as an ebook, but strangely Raising Demons isn’t yet.

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2 Responses to Shirley Jackson, laugh out loud funny, precursor of David Sedaris’ domestic humor

  1. I’d never heard of Jackson before a week or so ago, when a fellow blogger turned me on to We Have Always Lived In The Castle – and what I most like about her IS her wit – she may be writing dark stuff, but her turns of phrase are like Dorothy Parker on death cap mushroom . Will look at the just humour ones, and expect them to contain darkness!

  2. Yes, Jackson’s humor has an edge, as her titles suggest. Welcome, Lady Fanciful, and I hope we can stay in touch.

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