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Lucky Strike

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Just as she did in her New York Times Notable debut novel, The Metal Shredders, Nancy Zafris follows a colorful cast of characters into uncharted fictional territory, this time landing in the canyon country of the desert Southwest in 1954. For motivations as straightforward as striking it rich to reasons far more complex and confounding, they each embark on very personal d ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 3rd 2006 by Unbridled Books (first published April 1st 2005)
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What I hoped would be a quirky story about a time period I didn't realize existed (the time of uranium mining), left me bored and kind of frustrated, with too many unanswered questions. The only reason I kept reading is my bookclub's "Suck it up and read" rule. I kind of liked the story telling from different character's points of view, but I felt that left each character somewhat underdeveloped. Overall, I found most of them unlikeable and I didn't really care about what happened to them (with ...more
Stephanie Jewett
The story was interesting and introduced me to some history I didn't know about, and I liked the different points of view, but the narration felt too disjointed and I felt like I didn't know what was going on half the time.
I will admit that I was also mightily distracted and very annoyed with the continual reference to Mormons, when the people being referred to were not Mormon (we Mormons get really sick and tired of repeatedly having to explain that polygamists are NOT MORMON). The author obvi
Our book club was split on this one - got as high as a 7/10, and a low of 1/10 (me), averaging 4.5. Topic unusual and interesting, but too much head-hopping made the story confusing.
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Jean Waterman and her daughter and ill young son come west to Utah in 1954, hoping for fresh desert air, an unforgettable vacation and maybe some extra money through uranium mining. Utah offers an offbeat cast of characters: Miss Dazzle, the motel owner, Vincent Flaherty, the slick con man, Jimmy Splendid, the American Indian lawman, and kindly Harry Lindstrom, the formerly-Mormon salesman who steals Jean’s heart. Though it’s not packed with action, the stories of this quirky bunch are quietly a
This novel is unlike anything I've read. A widow and mother of two sets off for the Utah desert to get rich quick in the uranium rush of the 1950's. Superbly unprepared, they meet up with other fortune hunters, some of them claimjumpers, some hateful in other ways, all of them strange. As events unfold, they learn about dreams, adventure, love and loyalty -- sometimes from unexpected directions. The ending felt a bit truncated, but the pace was lively and the characters, especially Beth, nicely ...more
Quirky characters. A little slow at times.
Kristin R
Good read about uranium mining
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