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Better Luck Next Year

4.85  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
At the relatively young age of thirty-seven, Ally Malinenko was diagnosed with breast cancer. Better Luck Next Year is a revealing portrait of a young woman fighting for her life. As Malinenko writes, "Please don't call it a journey". At once harrowing and funny Better Luck Next Year is a vital statement; Malinenko's is a much-needed voice crying out. Ally Malinenko is the ...more
Paperback, 126 pages
Published 2016 by Low Ghost Press
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Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You'd think it would be an angry book...but it's so much more, so much better than that. Sure, there's anger -- as rightly there should be in a collection of poems about cancer -- but it's given equal treatment right along with the fight, the heart-thumping, unconquered fight, and the sadness, and the looming, unholy doom, and the furious determination, and even (most dangerous of all) -- the hope. This is a world-weary and wise book, one vastly beyond its years, one supremely recommended for an ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
These plain spoken poems are sometimes painful to read. Ally Mallinenko grabs hold of you on the first page and never lets you go. You are right there every step of the way, through chemo and radiation, and her most intimate moments. Better Luck Next year is a beautiful collection, courageous & sad, and in the end triumphant.
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Better Luck Next Year offers a candid first-person account of the poet’s breast cancer diagnosis and her life after the diagnosis. The speaker and Malinenko appear as interchangeable as speaker and author can be. This book represents author’s third collection of poetry and the sixth release from Pittsburgh’s Low Ghost Press.

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Ally Malinenko,is the author of the poetry collections, The Wanting Bone (Six Gallery Press), How to Be An American (Six Gallery Press) Better Luck Next Year (Low Ghost Press) and Fitting the Ocean In Your Mouth (Blue Hour Review) as well as the novel This Is Sarah (BookFish Books). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and blogs at She can also be found blathering about Doctor ...more

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