How Lucky: A Mystery Novel


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Harper Perennial
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5.1 X 7.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Will Leitch is the author of the novel How Lucky and a contributing editor at New York magazine and the founder of the late sports website Deadspin. He writes regularly for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, NBC News, CNN, and He lives in Athens, Georgia, with his wife and two sons.


"I'm reading a fantastic novel by Will Leitch called How Lucky. Publishes in May, I think. It's suspenseful and often wildly funny. You are going to like this a lot, and I think a lot of you are going to like it. It has that Where the Crawdads Sing vibe." -- Stephen King

"An absorbing thriller with heart." -- People

"What's more thrilling than a fictional character speaking to us in a voice we haven't heard before, a voice so authentic and immediate - think Huck Finn, Holden Caulfield, Mattie Ross - that we suspect it must've been there all along, that we somehow managed to miss it? Daniel, the protagonist of Will Leitch's smart, funny, heartbreaking new novel How Lucky, is just such a voice, and I'm not sure it will ever completely leave my head, or that I want it to." -- Richard Russo

"Not many writers can shift gears from hilarious to heart-rending to harrowing, all on the same page. Will Leitch does it again and again. How Lucky is one of the most original thrillers I've read in years, with an improbable hero that no reader will ever forget." -- Carl Hiaasen

"It's a testament to Will Leitch's ability that he can blend seemingly disparate elements - mystery and illness and humor and football -and come away with something so winning. How Lucky asserts that "the world is a terrifying place these days" and the novel explores those terrors quite convincingly, yet I was heartened by the depth of Leitch's writing, his obvious love for the world and what it could be. He imbues his hero with a kind of hopefulness that comes from seeing the worst and finding some way to keep living." -- Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to See Here

"How Lucky is a gem: a riveting plot and a narrator who is charming, engaging, and downright inspiring. Will Leitch brilliantly juggles hilarity and horror. I loved this novel -- every page." -- Chris Bohjalian, #1 Bestselling Author of The Flight Attendant and Hour of the Witch

"A lovely book. Set in Athens, Georgia, the novel is a model of verisimilitude. It is also beautifully written and suspenseful, at the same time being all about goodness and caring without once being sappy, or, well, sentimental. And that is a rare feat in fiction." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A touchingly imagined portrait of friendship and community." -- Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"Witty, vigorously written. . . . How Lucky succeeds on more than just luck . . . Leitch builds his cast beautifully. . . . Gives us an authentic, compelling portrait of a narrator who motors through the obstacle course of his life with grit and grace" . -- Hamilton Cain, Washington Post