Life Among Savages
by Shirley Jackson
In a series of short stories, later collected in the books Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons, she presented a fictionalized version of her marriage and the experience of bringing up four children. These stories pioneered the "true-to-life funny-housewife stories" of the type later popularized by such writers as Jean Kerr and Erma Bombeck during the 1950s and 1960s.
She is best known for the short story "The Lottery" (1948), which suggests a secret, sinister underside to bucolic small-town America.