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Lucky You

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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.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

Praise for this book

"Lucky You is not only a superb novel, it heralds a strong and authentic new voice among us. From here on out, I will read whatever Erika Carter writes!" - Andre Dubus III

"Lucky You is an utterly captivating novel, written in precise, surprising sentences with a charge so electric they snap across the page like lightning." - Benjamin Hale

"The most beautiful novels read like fevered whispers, a shared secret, and Carter's prose lingers like that. For a book that features haikus, the novel has some of that style, desperately distilling life down to our dreams and desires." - Joshua Mohr

"By turns dark and funny, Lucky You is a stunningly honest novel about the inner lives of three women. Sexy, risky, with a pleasurably dangerous tension. Erika Carter's writing is effortlessly remarkable." - Janis Cooke Newman

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Hardback Editions

March 2017 : USA Hardback

Title: Lucky You: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Carter
ISBN: 1-61902-899-9 / 978-1-61902-899-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: Lucky You
Author(s): Erika Carter
ISBN: 1-61902-716-X / 978-1-61902-716-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2017 : Canada Kindle edition

Title: Lucky You: A Novel
Author(s): Erika Carter
Publisher: Counterpoint
Availability: Amazon CA