Ever wonder what would change in your life if you won the lottery? "Spoils" delves into the question through the personalities and experiences of the resilient and grounded Leni and her family. When she learns that the great windfall has a suspicious side, she is commanded to FIX IT! and the story revolves around her efforts repair her wounded family as well. Stein has constructed a tight and engrossing yarn that encompasses otherworldly and mundane elements in a fascinating mix. One can't help wonder what changes would take place in ourselves and our loved ones if faced with such a potentially life-altering occurrence as sudden great wealth. The unspoken elements of character and judgment glow at the heart of the story.
When Leni's family hit the lottery, life got . . . well, strange. Leni's parents built a mansion fit for royalty; they enrolled their daughter in the fanciest, most expensive private school in Florida; and they even bought Leni a dolphin for her 12th birthday (she made them take it back). But all of that extravagant living has caught up with them and the lottery money is about to run out—except for the large trust fund Leni will inherit on her 18th birthday, now only a week away. Leni is prepared to give her parents the money until her sister, Natasha, confesses a shocking secret—one that threatens to destroy their entire family. Leni has been ordered to fix it, but how?