Lucky You
by Erika Carter


Overview - An official Book of the Month Club selection.

In Erika Carter's fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You , three women in their early twenties find themselves aimlessly adrift in the Arkansas college town they've stuck around in too long.  Read more...


 
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Overview
An official Book of the Month Club selection.

In Erika Carter's fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You, three women in their early twenties find themselves aimlessly adrift in the Arkansas college town they've stuck around in too long. Ellie, Chloe, and Rachel are friends (sort of), waitresses at the same dive bar. Each is becoming unmoored in her own way: Ellie obliterates all feeling with alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity; Chloe pulls out patches of her hair and struggles to keep incipient mental illness at bay; changeable Rachel has fallen under the sway of a messianic boyfriend with whom she's agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to "health," and she asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in "The Project." In a remote, rural house in the Ozarks, nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them, each tries to solve the conundrum of being alive.

By turns funny, knowing, and hauntingly sad, Lucky You is a study in damage and detachment, a fearless portrait of three women at a crucial point in their lives. With startling exactitude and wickedly deadpan humor, it lays bare the emotional core of its characters with surgical precision. The writing is deft and controlled, as natural and unforced as breath--which makes it impossible to look away.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781619028999
  • ISBN-10: 1619028999
  • Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Humorous - Black Humor
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

Carters ambitious debut novel delves into the ennui that comes with being young and unsure. Three 20-something womenEllie, Chloe, and Rachel, friends living in the same Arkansas town where they went to collegecircle in and out of each others lives as they each grasp for identity and purpose. Ellie seeks romantic validation from a distant musician and her married boss while slipping slowly into drink. Chloe suffers from a variety of mysterious health problems she is not eager to cure or even to understand. Rachel lives with her sanctimonious boyfriend, whose wealthy parents pay for a house in the Ozarks where they all contribute to The Project, an off-the-grid lifestyle based on vaguely new-age ideas of health and spirituality. For all their devotion to their assorted identities, be it girlfriend, mistress, or participant in The Project, the women struggle to find a direction that sticks. This fruitless search is relatable to anyone who has ever been young and confused, and Carters no-nonsense prose is darkly witty, lacking the self-indulgence or mean-spiritedness often seen in stories about modern youth. While the characters are each charming and believable, there is little narrative tension outside of their destructive spirals. Still, Carters compassion for her lost young women is clear, and the story never falters from the starkly realistic trajectories marked out for the protagonists. The result is a clever and honest look at the consequences of youthful malaise. (Mar.)

 
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