Lucky Strike

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Product Details

Price
$14.95  $13.75
Publisher
Unbridled Books
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.1 X 0.96 X 8.98 inches | 1.05 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781932961164
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About the Author

NANCY ZAFRIS is the author of The People I Know, recipient of the 1989 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is also the author of two novels, Lucky Strike and The Metal Shredders. Her second collection of short stories, The Home Jar, was named one of the top ten books of 2013 by The Minneapolis Star Tribune. After serving as the fiction editor of the Kenyon Review for nine years, she became the editor of the Flannery O'Connor award series for several years. She has recently finished a new novel.

Reviews

A young widow and her two children catch "uranium fever" in the 1950s and
join the throng of self-styled prospectors heading to the desert Southwest, hoping
to strike it rich.
"What a wild ride this book is. The characters are plucky, sympathetic, and memorable,
the situations sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes bittersweet,
and the pacing just right. Zafris is a keen observer of the human comedy."
-- Library Journal H
"Likable and thought-provoking . . . another winner." -- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Zafris . . . invests her offbeat material with deep emotion and tragic undertones.
Charlie's debilitating illness and the effects of uranium poisoning (unknown at the
time) sit in counterpoint to the loopy banter and endearing cast of characters."
-- Booklist H
"The search for a fresh start is a classic American story, and one that Zafris makes
new with this novel. . . . Low-key but persuasive, this period piece evokes the innocence
of an earlier era and underscores the desperation and hope of the eclectic
bunch this mom and her kids meet in their pursuit of the new gold."
-- Good Housekeeping.com / The Book Babes
"Laced with quiet tongue-in-cheek humor and told from multiple viewpoints,
the adventures of this quirky cast of characters make for a warmhearted, entertaining
read." -- The Denver Post

"Zafris's dry sense of humor runs through the story, a counterpoint to the poignancy of Charlie's illness, the desperation of the uranium seekers, and the not-yet-understood danger of radiation poisoning. The sinister, thrilling mushroom cloud of the bomb casts its shadow over everything. 'Lucky Strike" is a quirky novel that rewards careful reading."--The Boston Globe
"What a wild ride this book is. The characters are plucky, sympathetic, and memorable, the situations sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes bittersweet, and the pacing just right. Zafris is a keen observer of the human comedy."--LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED
"Comic and darkly ironic."--Southwest Book Views
"Likable and thought-provoking...another winner."--THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
"Laced with quiet tongue-in-cheek humor and told from multiple viewpoints, the adventures of this quirky cast of characters makes for a warmhearted, entertaining read."--THE DENVER POST
"Funny and touching."--PAGES MAGAZINE
"Zafris' writing lets emotions and memories penetrate each other the way they do in ordinary thought, though seldom in fiction. Sometimes you have to go back and see what's really being said...Yet each of Zafris' sentences is as sharp-edged as a miner's pick, and to have to reread one occasionally is a pleasure."--FORT LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINEL
"All learn that love and friendship endure beyond fortune. In Zafris' disturbing and ironic novel, the universe operates under skies where the laws of atomic energy are highly visible...[the ending] haunts long after the reader puts the book down."--THE OREGONIAN
"Eerie...[a] noir-tinged adventure story...One could read Lucky Strike as a historical portrait of a time and place. All the realistic details, though, reverberate with unsettling implications. The characters don't know how poisonous their environment is, but readers
know -- and dread the future effects on the characters of the uranium they l

"Zafris's dry sense of humor runs through the story, a counterpoint to the poignancy of Charlie's illness, the desperation of the uranium seekers, and the not-yet-understood danger of radiation poisoning. The sinister, thrilling mushroom cloud of the bomb casts its shadow over everything. 'Lucky Strike" is a quirky novel that rewards careful reading."--The Boston Globe

"What a wild ride this book is. The characters are plucky, sympathetic, and memorable, the situations sometimes laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes bittersweet, and the pacing just right. Zafris is a keen observer of the human comedy."--LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED

"Comic and darkly ironic."--Southwest Book Views

"Likable and thought-provoking...another winner."--THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

"Laced with quiet tongue-in-cheek humor and told from multiple viewpoints, the adventures of this quirky cast of characters makes for a warmhearted, entertaining read."--THE DENVER POST

"Funny and touching."--PAGES MAGAZINE

"Zafris' writing lets emotions and memories penetrate each other the way they do in ordinary thought, though seldom in fiction. Sometimes you have to go back and see what's really being said...Yet each of Zafris' sentences is as sharp-edged as a miner's pick, and to have to reread one occasionally is a pleasure."--FORT LAUDERDALE SUN-SENTINEL

"All learn that love and friendship endure beyond fortune. In Zafris' disturbing and ironic novel, the universe operates under skies where the laws of atomic energy are highly visible...[the ending] haunts long after the reader puts the book down."--THE OREGONIAN

"Eerie...[a] noir-tinged adventure story...One could read Lucky Strike as a historical portrait of a time and place. All the realistic details, though, reverberate with unsettling implications. The characters don't know how poisonous their environment is, but readers
know -- and dread the future effects on the characters of the uranium they long to find."--THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

"The strength of Lucky Strike is thanks in part to its quirky cast of characters...
These characters...come together in an age of innocence, before humans fully understood the effects of radiation. They pool their strengths and offset each other's weaknesses as they work towards the common goal of hitting a lucky strike...This was a book of many fascinating layers...I cared about the characters and their individual fates. That's what good writing is all about."--MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

"Her gift is blending unique characters with vivid settings."--The Winston-Salem Journal