From the author of Hild, a fierce and urgent autobiographical novel about a woman facing down a formidable foe
So Lucky is the sharp, surprising new novel by Nicola Griffith—the profoundly personal and emphatically political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in the space of a single week her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with
MS, after an unexplained fall. Her emotions and her life are in free fall. She is angry, bitter and not easy to be around. The treatments make her ill, and are often worse than the disease. She needs to find a new way forward. It will not be easy.
It is at times hard to like Mara, her abrasivene ...more
I have to admit I didn’t know much about multiple sclerosis. It wasn’t until about two years ago I read a book that had a main character with MS. Since then I have read two other books that had characters living with this disease. So Lucky was de ...more
But everything else probably is, and based on the author's experience. Mara is working as the Executive Director for an HIV non-profit, very successful, and has just parted ways with her wife of 14 years, when she has a fall. It is revealed to be Multiple Sclerosis.
The writing is punchy and I found myself reading it cover to cover. I had always meant to go back and ...more
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this was super interesting!! it was a little crazy at times but i say that in the most tender and wholesome way you can think of. it really isn’t like anything i’ve read before!!
So Lucky follows our main character Mara, who, in the span of a week, loses her wife, her relevance in the workplace, and her physical health. we follow Mara and her slow descent into madness ...more
I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I decided to give this book a try. It was mostly the main plot which caught my eye - 'Multiple Sclerosis'. Its a diseases of your immune system where your own cells attack your neurons leading to a myriad of symptoms. It can either be chronic or a remitting relapsing type, wherein the remitting one will appear randomly throughout your life, then go into remission and then the attack may ...more
i was so lucky (ha!) to get accepted for this on netgalley. this was an absolutely brilliant book and now i want to recommend it to everyone, although you should note that there's content warnings for violent burglary, murder, and hate crime; they're all reported rather than shown on-page but it's something to be aware of.
at first, it seemed like a pretty straightforward book with pretty straightforward themes. our main character, mara, has just got divorced from her w ...more
So Lucky is a unique story. I haven't read anything else in which the main character is dealing with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
This book is raw, and deals with many heavy emotions like uncertainty, rage, loneliness, etc. The main character feels what she feels, and doesn't let anyone else tell her what to do. I felt like her anger at her situation was realistic.
Some elements of this book reminded me of The Sound of Broken Ribs by Edward Lorn - ...more
This novel was one of the books I picked up at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor during my vacation in Michigan. I felt so lucky to find it there because it had just been published and my library didn't have it yet.
It is the powerful story of a successful happy woman whose life turned on her in one week. Her wife of many years asks for a divorce and she is presented with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Mara, at the time, had thought she had been happily married for 14 years. She was a high lev ...more
My second novel from Nicola Griffith, completely different than the first, but just as (if not more) readable. I found Hild to be much more cohesive, but this is a powerful story too, and well worth reading (even if, to me, not quite satisfying in terms of structure).
So Lucky is a very short novel and a very quick read (I read it in a day and a half, and those were busy days, too). The protagonist, Mara, is an activist, empl ...more
* Aud Torvingen