The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! Just be sure to not spoil the book. I’m currently reading The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson. This is a short story collection.
The thumbtack was still there, and she pried it loose and tacked her note up with it.
This is a line from one of the short stories in this collection, “The Villager”. I have yet to read this particular story, but I feel like this line is a great example of one thing I love about Jackson’s writing. Even the most mundane action has a place in her stories, and I find that fascinating and real. A lot of stories don’t include action unless it’s of the fast paced or “exciting” variety. As I haven’t read this story, though, it’s always possible that this bit of information is actually important. I’m looking forward to finding out. (Crossing my fingers this doesn’t turn out to be a spoiler!)