LUCKY YOU by Erika Carter | Kirkus ReviewsThe result is a clever and honest look at the consequences of youthful malaise. Off-grid-living stories have become quite popular as of late. Readers will be hard-pressed to put the book down as the girls make their breaks back to civilization. But this blooming is never easy, and Carter renders it gorgeously with street-wise compassion, grit, and a kind of dark, life-loving humor that is absolutely irresistible to read. From here on out, I will read whatever Erika Carter writes! This is a powerful and touching book written with the wisdom and control of a seasoned novelist, and Erika Carter has announced herself with a bold, honest, and emotionally scorching debut. What a marvelously talented young writer.
Book review: Lucky You by Erika Carter
Ellie, Chloe, and Rachel are friends sort of , waitresses at the same dive bar. Each is becoming unmoored in her own way: Ellie obliterates all feeling with alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity; Chloe pulls out patches of her hair and struggles to keep incipient mental illness at bay; changeable Rachel has fallen under the sway of a messianic boyfriend with whom she's agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to "health", and she asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in "The Project. With startling exactitude and wickedly deadpan humor, it lays bare the emotional core of its characters with surgical precision. The writing is deft and controlled, as natural and unforced as breath--which makes it impossible to look away. The confusion of early adulthood, and balancing skepticism with sensitivity. Ten Questions for the author of our Exclusive January Selection.
Thank you! Three college friends experiment with an off-the-grid commune in rural Arkansas but struggle to find stability in the Project—or in one another. Ellie is a struggling alcoholic having an affair with her married, older boss, while Chloe falls head over heels for a fair-weather lover. Like most would-be revolutionaries, Autry winds up to be all talk and no action, and all three women worsen. After a year at the Project, Rachel and Ellie struggle with the idea of normal lives, and Carter seems to suggest this is a symptom, rather than an effect, of the failed Project. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
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