Meet Perry L. (the L is for lucky) Crandall who will immediately tell you that he is not retarded. You have to have an IQ of 75 to be considered retarded and his IQ is 76. He is just not as fast as some people. Enter Perry’s world and discover love, loss, deceit, friendship, honesty, ruthlessness and good old common sense. You will laugh out loud one moment and reach for a box of tissues the next. When Perry wins the Lottery it changes everyone around him except Perry himself. From Perry we learn that it is not what you have in your life but who and that keeping something for yourself is very important. The book is well written and the characters so richly developed it is hard to believe that this is Ms. Wood’s first novel. I look forward to reading her second.