The Lucky Ones is a novel about creating and sustaining life during times of great transformation. The five people whose lives converge here are also haunted by family -- the longing for love, the struggle to connect.
A young pregnant mother wrestles with utterly changed circumstances; a new father searches for a sign of the man he used to be; a daughter yearns for a lost childhood; and a mother reaches out in bewilderment to a child she can't fully understand. Accidental connections and overlapping relationships build a complex family portrait: all are linked by the elemental impact of children on adult lives.
This profound evocation of family and its magnetic bonds reveals the mysterious forces that separate us from those we love and bind us to what we no longer understand.
The Lucky Ones will stop you cold with its startling precision and power. Demonstrating a rare gift for illuminating "the bustling concourses of life" without sacrificing emotional depth or complexity, this rare and stunning novel confirms Rachel Cusk's place among our most incisive writers.
“Witty, trenchant and…startling.”
“Cusk has a gift for articulating fluid, unsettling emotions just beneath the surface of consciousness.”
“Witty and topical…a fresh and compassionate portrait.”
“Sharp observation of character, vivid imagistic descriptions.”
“You want to gasp with the shock of recognition at a rarely articulated thought delivered with a visceral punch.”
“If great fiction puts into words something about ourselves that we didn’t know we knew, this is it.”
“Gorgeous, languorous writing.”
“Subtle and satisfying...a brilliant collection.”
“Insightful…perceptively drawn…poignant, evocative and meant to be savored.”
“[Cusk’s] intelligence and emotional honesty give a sense of having experienced, rather than read, this book…extraordinary.”
“A lovely book.”