Unearthed and unfinished

Let Me Tell You

It seems to be the thing these days: A renowned author has just one more manuscript available for publication. In this case, the honoree is Shirley Jackson. In Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings (Random House, $30) edited by Laurence Hyman and Sarah Hyman Dewitt, two of Jackson's children, readers get a wide variety of work. While there's nothing as major as “The Lottery,” it's not a complete disappointment. Let Me Tell You's spookier stories—“Paranoia” and “The Man in the Woods”—are close to the standard of her best work.The rest? There's a reason most of it was unpublished.