SSBC Podcast: Award-Winning Book Critic Ruth Franklin on her Biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Ruth Franklin

On this week’s podcast of Short Story Book Club, we speak with Author Ruth Franklin. Ruth talks about everything from her award-winning biography Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, her career as a book critic, as well as everything that goes into writing a biography. 

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life is a biography you won’t want to miss out on. Having won numerous awards including the New York Times Notable Book of 2016, Time Magazine’s top nonfiction book of 2016, and “best book of 2016” by The Boston Globe, it will not disappoint. This sympathetic biography uncovers Jackson’s secret haunting life and the challenges that women faced in the 1950s. It took Ruth six full years to write this biography, and it deeply encompasses Jackson’s life and career as a writer. 

In the biography, Franklin keeps readers engaged by painting a picture of Shirley Jackson’s life. Many of us have read The Lottery, written by Jackson, and Franklin’s biography dives into how she wrote the novel in just one morning with little to no mistakes, which is unheard of for most authors.

Listen for yourself on the Short Story Book Club Podcast to hear more about Ruth Franklin and her other works. You can also find Ruth Franklin online at on Instagram at or Twitter::

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