Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson (1916–1965) first rose to fame with her short story "The Lottery." Her six novels and many short stories confirmed her as an essential voice in twentieth century American fiction.

  • Raising Demons

    By Shirley Jackson

    Read by Lesa Lockford

    In the sequel to Life Among the Savages, Jackson confronts the most vexing demons yet: her children.

    "At a moment when helicopter parenting is the norm, “free-range” parents are chastised for letting their children wander a few blocks alone, and the pressure feels greater than ever not only to “have it all” but to “be it all” — to manage both to pursue a successful career and to produce homemade cupcakes for every birthday — Jackson’s relaxed approach to child-rearing feels refreshingly sane. Children, she tells us, are essentially savages and demons, and ought to be treated as such: at a cautious distance, without losing sight of one’s own way of life." - The New York Times

    Released Tue Jun 09 00:00:00 UTC 2015
    English, Unabridged

  • Life Among the Savages

    By Shirley Jackson

    Read by Lesa Lockford

    America's celebrated master of terror turns to a different kind of fright: raising children.

    "At a moment when helicopter parenting is the norm, “free-range” parents are chastised for letting their children wander a few blocks alone, and the pressure feels greater than ever not only to “have it all” but to “be it all” — to manage both to pursue a successful career and to produce homemade cupcakes for every birthday — Jackson’s relaxed approach to child-rearing feels refreshingly sane. Children, she tells us, are essentially savages and demons, and ought to be treated as such: at a cautious distance, without losing sight of one’s own way of life." - The New York Times

    Released Tue Jul 21 00:00:00 UTC 2015
    English, Unabridged