Lucky Stiff


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Literary Wanderlust
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.55 inches | 0.68 pounds
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About the Author

Barbara Bellesi Zito is a freelance writer covering real estate and home improvement trends for various media outlets. She earned her BA from Wagner College and her MFA from Emerson College. Barbara lives in Staten Island, NY with her husband and their dog. LUCKY STIFF is her first novel.Follow Barbara on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook:


The old adage, "be careful what you wish for," takes on new life in Lucky Stiff. Barbara Bellesi Zito shows us the perilous and hilarious track we find ourselves on when the thing we (think) we want most, finds its way to us. Laugh-out-loud funny!-Ashleigh Renard, author of Swing

In Lucky Stiff, Barbara Bellesi Zito tells the story of Larry Sortino, a CPA in possession of an enviable windfall--except "lucky" Larry wants no part of it. Larry endures entertaining twists and turns as he navigates his big break and attempts to discover if he's lucky, or not. With a sharp wit and deft voice, the author offers clever commentary on work life, marriage, and our fixation with wealth. Lucky Stiff is a sure-footed debut novel not to be missed.-Charlotte Rains Dixon, MFA, Author of Emma Jean's Bad Behavior, writing teacher and coach

Lucky Stiff is a tragically comic romance that points out the absurdity of not knowing your own worth. Larry is a magnificent and unforgettable character who is both entirely unique and startlingly familiar. I couldn't stop reading, and as I finished the last page, I couldn't stop smiling. A joy of a novel!-Rachel Eve Moulton, author of Tinfoil Butterfly

What do you do when you win the lottery? Larry Sortino finds out in Barbara Bellesi Zito's delightful and tension-filled romp through a winner's decision-making process. With charming good humor, the story twists and turns, and leaves the reader guessing until the last moment. Well-drawn and likable characters populate the book. LUCKY STIFF is an escape into what-if, and a thought-provoking read that reminds us that having wealth can be fun, but it brings angst and responsibilities as well.-Patricia Barletta, award-winning author of the Auriano Curse series

Barbara Bellesi Zito's Lucky Stiff takes us through the ups and downs of one man's struggle to grapple with his new fate. The story made me reflect on my own choices and what I would do given the chance to change it all. Bellesi Zito captivates us through her descriptive prose while keeping us laughing along the way. If you want to be thoroughly entertained, this is the novel for you!-Blayr Austin, comedy writer