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How Lucky: A Novel by [Will Leitch]
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An Amazon Best Book of May 2021: It sounds like an updated take on Rear Window: a wheelchair-bound man witnesses a kidnapping outside his window and tries to help. But How Lucky gives that plot a thrilling new shape with a narrator unlike any other: Daniel, a young man with a degenerative disease that has left him unable to move or communicate except by head taps, lives “alone” with few visitors besides his childhood best friend, Travis, his home help, Marjani, and anonymous orderlies who “exist only to keep me alive at night.” He works for an online travel site where he happily absorbs the abuse that comes his way because thanks to the “disguise” of the internet, “no one knows they’re supposed to be nice to me.” When he hears that a girl he saw get into an old Camaro outside his home has been reported missing, he is compelled to try to share what he knows about her disappearance. Funny, poignant, with high stakes suspense, and a rivetingly authentic portrait of what it’s like to live trapped inside your own body, How Lucky is utterly fabulous. —Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Book Review


“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)

"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

“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

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

“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

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08FK7C4QK
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper (May 11, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 11, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2916 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 298 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0063073056
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Will Leitch lives in Athens, Georgia with his family and is the author of five books, including the upcoming novel How Lucky, released by Harper in May 2021. He writes regularly for New York,, Medium, The New York Times and the Washington Post. He is the founder of the late website Deadspin. He also writes a free weekly newsletter that you might enjoy at

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