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Better Luck Next Time

A Novel

by (author) Kate Hilton

HarperCollins Canada
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
Humorous, Siblings, Family Life, Marriage & Divorce
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A generational family comedy for fans of Eligible, This Is Where I Leave You, Heartburn and television’s This Is Us

It isn’t easy being related to a feminist icon, especially when she’s celebrating the greatest moment of her storied career.

Just ask the daughters of Lydia Hennessey, who could have it all if only they’d stop self-destructing. Mariana, the eldest, is on the verge of throwing away a distinguished reputation in journalism, along with her marriage. Nina, the middle daughter, has returned from a medical mission overseas as a changed woman but won’t discuss it with anyone. And Beata, the youngest, has a hostile teenaged son who just discovered the existence of a father who didn’t know about him either. Meanwhile, their cousin Zoe is making divorce look like a death match, while her brother, Zack, is grappling with the fallout from his popular television dramedy, which is based far too closely on Lydia herself.

It might be easier to find their paths if they could step out of Lydia’s shadow—but the biggest women’s march in history is underway, and Lydia and her family are at the centre of it.

Over the course of an eventful year, the Hennessey children contend with the big struggles of midlife: aging parents, raging teens, crumbling marriages and bodies, new loves and the choice between playing it safe or taking life-altering risks. And as they inch toward a new definition of happiness, they might even persuade their parents—and themselves—that they’re all grown up.

About the author

KATE HILTON has worked in law, higher education, public relations, fundraising and publishing. She has an English degree from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She holds down a day job, volunteers for community organizations, raises two boys, cooks, collects art, reads voraciously and likes her husband. In her free time, she writes. On good days, she thinks she might have it all. On bad days, she wants a nap.


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Editorial Reviews

Kate Hilton’s latest, Better Luck Next Time, is a hilarious, astute, and wonderfully heartwarming tale of a family juggling the complexities of divorce, independence, love, and loss. It’s relatable, relevant, and emotionally resonant — altogether a gem of a book. I loved it! — Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of The Gown

“As with all intelligent comedy, Kate Hilton’s Better Luck Next Time has a broken heart and a rising sense of panic just below the surface of what’s funny. Hilarious and poignant, you’ll want to be best friends with the entire Hennessy family. “ — Roz Nay, author of Our Little Secret

Compulsively readable and very, very funny, Kate Hilton’s Better Luck Next Time is that rare novel that manages to capture the extraordinary in everyday life. I cheered on the Goldstein-Hennessy clan, even as I laughed and cried at their mishaps. A heartfelt, delicious read, one not to be missed! — Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha at Last

Kate Hilton’s writing reminds me of Nora Ephron‘s work: it’s laugh-out-loud funny, with startling observations about life, love, family and reinvention at any age. Witty, poignant, and deeply observant, I loved every moment I spent with Hilton's latest novel! — Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of The Last Resort

With Better Luck Next Time, Kate Hilton has crafted a novel that will make you belly laugh, tug at your heartstrings, and fall in love with the Hennessey-Goldstein families. Full of charm and depth, I loved this quirky family saga!
Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew

"Hilton's voice shines in this highly relatable exploration of women's resilience in the face of betrayal and family strife." — K.A.Tucker, internationally bestselling author of The Simple Wild

"I loved returning to the Goldstein-Hennesseys after a long day. The wry, funny, and relatable family drama is a delicious comfort not unlike binging on your favourite show. It is exactly what we need right now. Pour yourself a glass of wine, run the bath, and enjoy this terrific book!" — Laurie Petrou, author of Sister of Mine and Love, Heather

"Better Luck Next Time is a hilarious, captivating novel for fans of Where’d You Go, Bernadette and The Nest. If you’ve ever been part of a family, or wished perhaps you weren’t, you’ll adore this tender, wise novel about the ways that love imprisons and liberates?." — Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Based on A True Story and Shrewed

“A witty, thoughtful and layered tale of families, friends, and lovers, and the emotional landscape they all share. Kate Hilton leads us through a masterclass on the dynamics of the relationships we choose, and those we’re born into. It’s messy and wise, heartbreaking and heartwarming, and above all, utterly captivating.” — Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

“Kate Hilton achieves the difficult feat of making us empathize with a flawed heroine whose willful reluctance to draw boundaries around a demanding job puts her most important relationships at risk. Keenly-observed, insightful, and punctuated with brilliant, revealing moments of dark humour, this novel is impossible to put down.” — Janie Chang, bestselling author of Dragon Springs Road

“Kate Hilton is really smart, funny and honest about the complex and shifting power dynamics in both domestic and work relationships.” — Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You

“No one captures the feverish intensity of modern life, with its attendant disappointments, crises, and occasional triumphs, better than Kate Hilton. Not only is Just Like Family one of the funniest books I have read in a long while, its unflinching yet affectionate portrait of beleaguered heroine Avery Graham also makes it one of the most moving.” — Jennifer Robson, bestselling author of The Gown and Goodnight From London

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