I grew up with a much-loved uncle like Perry -- "not the full quid" -- and consequently this book resonated deeply with me. The author did a fantastic job of capturing Perry's voice -- it was letter perfect both in language and values, deeply held. This is a joyous book and helps all us "normal" people see people like Perry as capable, contributing and functioning members of society. And who doesn't like to see an underdog triumphing against the odds? Read this book! It is a thing of beauty!
My name is Perry L. Crandall and I am not retarded.
This first sentence of the book grabbed me and didn't let go.
Wonderful characters, some you'll love, some you'll hate.
You'll be rooting for Perry L. Crandall all the way.
By far the best book I've read all year.
A young, mentally disabled man learns to navigate through life, when, after the death of his doting grandmother, he wins the state lottery. This book is a gem--sweet (without being sappy), humorous, and inspiring.
A charming and totally engaging story about a young man, Perry, who's slow (don't call him "retarded" - that means having an IQ less than 75, and he scored 76) and how he makes his way through life before and after winning 12 million dollars in the state lottery. It's about family - his original family, a miserable group of conniving lawyers and their spouses, and his intentional family, made up of the grandparents who raised him, and the friends who loved him before he became rich and did their best to watch out for him afterwards. Perry may not be the smartest person, but he has great heart and a surprising amount of wisdom. Highly recommended!
I found this book to be very intriguing. It is written from Perry's point of view and it mimicks how his brain works (that of a lower functioning adult). It is a wonderful story of life, friendship and personal motivations. As I read the story, I thought to myself," If only people with "normal" IQ's could remember the things that Perry reminds himself every day, this world would be such a simplier place." This book is a must read.