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Publisher: Harper (2004-03-02)
ISBN-10/ISBN-13: 000716131X / 9780007161317
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 2847071
A 2004 Vacation Reading (selected by The New York Times)
“Five loosely linked narratives purporting to be a novel, by an English writer; the first story is a brutal account of a convict in the last stages of pregnancy, and the long concluding pair devastate the reader with characters nobody could love and marriages nobody should have entered into.”
The Lucky Ones is a novel about creating and sustaining life during times of great transformation. The five people whose lives converge here are also haunted by family -- the longing for love, the struggle to connect.
A young pregnant mother wrestles with utterly changed circumstances; a new father searches for a sign of the man he used to be; a daughter yearns for a lost childhood; and a mother reaches out in bewilderment to a child she can't fully understand. Accidental connections and overlapping relationships build a complex family portrait: all are linked by the elemental impact of children on adult lives.
This profound evocation of family and its magnetic bonds reveals the mysterious forces that separate us from those we love and bind us to what we no longer understand.
The Lucky Ones will stop you cold with its startling precision and power. Demonstrating a rare gift for illuminating "the bustling concourses of life" without sacrificing emotional depth or complexity, this rare and stunning novel confirms Rachel Cusk's place among our most incisive writers.
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