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Having stumbled upon these books about the lottery, I got to thinking about luck and how we are all governed by an unspoken force that I will refer to as fate. These three books led me to explore how certain events, such as winning the lottery, which is regarded as universally positive could have both good and bad consequences and how we must always adapt to new conditions on a day to day basis. While this is doable most days, there are others that bring ground-shaking consequences that we have to struggle to adapt to, be them part of a huge pot of luck or a series of unfortunate events. But the most important aspect of these excellent books about the lottery is getting examples of such situations and watching the characters power through these complex changes.
📚 You Never Know by Lilian Duval
This book is about dealing with both loss and windfalls. It tells the story of Tobias, a young man who decides to help his younger brother, who is battling mental illness, instead of pursuing his life-long dream of going to university. He is faced with this impossible choice when his parents are killed in a car accident.
Tobias chooses his brother, even if this means putting all of his dreams on hold. Then, many years later, when he thought that nothing would ever change for him, Tobias wins the lottery. Naturally, this changes everything because he now has the means to make all his plans and dreams real. But after all this time, does fulfilling your long-term dreams still make sense? Or is it just the pathway to disappointment? Find out in Lilian Duval’s amazing book.
📚 An Embarrassment of Riches by Gerald Hansen
The second lottery book on our list is the story of Ursula Barnett. After she and her husband win a lottery jackpot, they decide to move to Derry, Northern Ireland, Ursula’s hometown. While their aim was moving closer to her family, the result is actually so much different.
Ursula finds out that when it comes to money, people will go past family bonds, friendship, and love. Her relationship with her family, especially her sister-in-law, Fionnuala, gets from bad to worse and all the way to a total fiasco. This thrilling novel will make you explore how it feels to have access to money, as well as the lengths that people would go to when presented with the option of instant riches.
📚 Heartbreaker Breaks by Paloma Meir
When I first read about this one, I found out it was a bestselling novel, but the name didn’t strike me as much. Paloma Meir’s novel is about Faye, a woman happy with her family life, who one day wins a big pot in the lottery. When dealing with this great windfall, she finds out that her husband and she do not share ideas when it comes to handling such large amount of money.
While he has a conservative approach, her husband is set on spending it all away. Then, to make her inner conflict even bigger, she meets a younger man who she is irresistibly attracted to. To find out how Faye cops with the limits of her new life, read this gripping novel.
What’s your favourite book about luck, fate and/or the lottery?
💭 This post has been inspired by Lisa Anderson, thank you!