Goodreads Review — Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson

Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson

Just an Ordinary Day by Shirley Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With a preface written by Shirley Jackson herself, as well as her hilarious epilogue on ‘Fame’, Just an Ordinary Day is a collection of previously unpublished or uncollected stories, many of which were recently found in a box in a barn in Vermont, having been forgotten for decades.

Edited by two of Jackson’s own children, Laurence (‘Laurie’ of Savages) Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman Dewitt (‘Sally’ of the same), with an introduction by Laurence Jackson Hyman, ‘Just an Ordinary Day’ brings together an incredibly diverse array of short stories. From psychological terror to heart-warming family pieces, this collection shows the range and depth of Jackson’s skill as she masterfully blends humour and macabre.

As with Let Me Tell You (2015), Just an Ordinary Day (1996, 2015) brings an amazing collection of short stories to old fans and new readers; and combines the best of Jackson’s short stories with themes of identity, relationships, social conformity, set with heavy (and at times, near equal;) doses of humour and terror.

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