From the best-selling author of Lottery comes a new novel about greed, survival, and what's really important in life.
At the bottom of the heap, there's nowhere to go but up.
Waitress Tammy Tyree knows this intimately. Her life is a continual struggle of managing an eccentric uncle, looking after a younger brother who's not quite right, and doing everything she can to keep her family together in the small town of Spring, Washington. But Tammy has a couple of things going for her no matter how dire things get. She's tenacious and has her own take on karma. She believes the more unfortunate things that happen to a person, the more that person is due for a windfall. Each and every misfortune is a further guarantee that a golden opportunity is just around the corner.
When Tammy receives a confidential e-mail about an inheritance that's hers to claim, she's certain her ship has come in. Just a few details need to be ironed out, like a small matter of some fees to pay, bank forms to fill out, and taxes to remit, but she knows each complication brings her closer to that golden goose of egg-laying renown.
What starts as a personal quest ends up embroiling Tammy and everyone she holds dear in a scheme that could be the financial downfall of them all or the rescue of a small town that's slowly but surely falling through the cracks.
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- Sara Niña
Batty tale about Nigerian scam emails
I enjoy audiobooks in general, I have read Lottery by the author before. The narrator managed to capture the various voices and accents quite well, especially Tammy's.
It was all in the build-up really, with a lot of plotlines coming together at the end. I wouldn't want to give it away!
Tammy Tyree, the naive yet loveable waitress who responds to the Nigerian email promising her money...
The relationship between Tammy and her autistic brother Jar is well written, with many scenes showing her motherly love for him, her acceptance.
This caught my eye as I was unexpectedly delighted with Lottery when I discovered that by accident a few years ago, and I was more than happy to try a new Patricia Wood. Glancing at the blurb, the theme of underdogs encountering potential good fortune was a formula I was quite glad to try on audiobook.
Narrator-wise, the audiobook was fine, a range of voices for the different characters, with the accents setting the scene well. Tammy Tyree is a young waitress, living with her ne'er-do-well, scheme-happy Uncle and autistic younger brother Jar (who speaks a language only Tammy can translate - for us as well as the neighbourhood). She's been saddled with responsibility beyond her years, but maintains an upbeat attitude most of the time about her debts, bills and future, though it does look grim.
Her silver lining one day appears - in the form of an email from a man in Africa, promising her a share of a Tyree inheritance from a dead relative, if only she can send funds to release it first... Finally, Tammy has got some good luck! And maybe the small decaying town she lives in can share in it too.
Hilarious plot, the jaw-droppingly eye-wateringly naivety, the shovelling deeper into the mire, Tammy is both our guide and a woman we want to scream at and take in hand. You KNOW it can't end well - can it?
It all goes a bit madcap (and would all her colleagues and acquaintances REALLY believe it too?!), and insane, with other relations wanting a piece of the action as Tammy's secret potential fortune becomes common knowledge.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, despite the glaring insanity of the whole plot. Tammy and Jar make a very sweet sibling pair, his condition quite well portrayed. Tammy herself manages to be both loveable and infuriating. I would have loved more Uncle E and his made-up vocabulary.
Crazy, crazy idea - works brilliantly well as a book (and could be a very good film as well). Has a bit of everything, and you really can't quite see what is going to happen at the end. A perfect summer light read, will keep you guessing, smiling and checking your emails :)
With thanks to the narrator for providing a copy of the audiobook, for review purposes.
- K. J. Noyes