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Bantam Books Trade Paperback (2015-07)
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54 Stories

by DeWitt, Sarah HymanHyman, Laurence JacksonJackson, Shirley

JUST AN ORDINARY DAY is a collection of 54 stories, all previously uncollected and/or unpublished. Originally published under the Bantam imprint in 1996, JUST AN ORDINARY DAY will be reprinted with a new cover for July 2015, to coordinate with the release of Shirley Jackson’s new collection, LET ME TELL YOU, which will be published in August 2015.

JUST AN ORDINARY DAY is a collection of 54 stories, all previously uncollected and/or unpublished. Jackson's talent was to find the ghoulish and disturbing just beneath the surface of the commonplace. The stories in this collection represent the great diversity of her work, from humor to her shocking 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. They provide an exciting overview of the evolution of her craft through a progression of forms and styles, and add significantly to the body of her published work.

JUST AN ORDINARY DAY is a testament to how large a talent Shirley Jackson had and to the depth, breadth, and complexity of her writing. Though this remarkable literary life was cut short, Jackson clearly established a unique voice that has won a permanent place in the canon of outstanding American literature, and remains a powerful influence on generations of readers and writers.

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916. She first received wide critical acclaim for “The Lottery,” which was published in The New Yorker in 1948 and went on to become one of the most anthologized stories in American literature. She is the author of six novels, including THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE; four collections of short stories and essays, including LET ME TELL YOU; and two family memoirs, LIFE AMONG THE SAVAGES and RAISING DEMONS. For many years she lived in Vermont with her husband, the renowned literary critic Stanley Edgar Hyman, and their four children. She died on August 8, 1965.

JUST AN ORDINARY DAY is edited by two of the author’s children, Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt (both of whom also edited the upcoming LET ME TELL YOU).

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