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The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones: A Novel | Julianne Pachico
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A literary jigsaw puzzle of a debut novel set in Colombia during the peak of its decades-long conflict, and in New York City While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone, with the household staff mysteriously gone, no phone connection, and news of an insurgency on the radioand then she hears a knock at the door. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves, and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, The Lucky Ones presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive, and loved ones can disappear without a trace. A prismatic tale of a group of characters who emerge and recede throughout the novel and touch one anothers lives in ways even they cannot comprehend, The Lucky Ones captures the intensity of life in Colombia as paramilitaries, guerrillas, and drug traffickers tear the country apart. Combining vivid descriptions of life under siege with a hallucinatory feel that befits its violent world, The Lucky Ones introduces a truly original and exciting new voice in fiction. Advance praise for The Lucky Ones An expansive tapestry of a debut.Elle Riveting . . . [A] carefully yet fiercely composed collage of voices that bears witness to the executions, forced disappearances, and other atrocities that took place in Colombia from 1993 to 2013 during the countrys violent civil war . . . [A] searing glimpse into the conflict . . . Having lived in Colombia until she turned eighteen, Pachico has a firsthand connection to the countrys charms and troubles that shines through on every gripping page.Publishers Weekly (starred review) Julianne Pachicos tough and stunning novel set in both the Colombian and New York drug jungles kept this reader up all night and made her double-check that her front door was locked tight.Lily Tuck, National Book Awardwinning author of The News from Paraguay and The Double Life of Liliane Moving effortlessly between the surreal and the real, sometimes in the space of a single sentence, Pachico delivers one of the most original and mesmerizing debuts Ive read in years.Marisa Silver, New York Times bestselling author of Little Nothing and Mary Coin Every episode of The Lucky Ones enlivens and unsettles in its own way. Their cumulative power derives from the way they expose the fragility of any kind of security, and the interconnectedness of lives across gulfs of time and society. Its a riveting work of fiction.James Scudamore, award-winning author of Heliopolis and The Amnesia Clinic [An] unforgettable whirlwind of a debut . . . Taken aloneand some have been published as suchthe chapters work as complete short stories, full worlds as vibrant and jarring as fever dreams. But together, they form something much larger, revealing a complicated and morally ambiguous web of interconnecting lives.Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The volatile, concentrated world of The Lucky Ones immediately surrounds the reader. We are compelled to follow Julianne Pachico deep into the fears, fantasies, and denials of her characters, whose susceptibilities we must recognize as our own.Lavinia Greenlaw, author of A Double Sorrow
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jhod
The Lucky Ones: A Novel | Julianne Pachico
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Look what arrived in the post, a beautiful cover! Won this in a Twitter competition - one of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year's nominees

ohyeahthatgirl I really liked this one! That's a much better cover than the edition I had. 2y
wanderlustforwords I‘ll have to look it up, I don‘t know that one. 2y
jhod @ohyeahthatgirl good to know! Yes it's beautiful isn't it?! @wanderlustforwords I've read v good reviews! 2y
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Lucky Ones | Julianne Pachico
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Don't forget to enter the giveaway, it's a few posts back, you have until 8pm Australian EST - it's open internationally 😍 you also have have time to use the 10% off code LITSY10 in my shop - including the pre-order Outlander #bookgogo http://etsy.me/2v82DaK

TheBookStacker These are so adorable! I've never had a book sleeve before! Such great inspo 2y
Texreader Love!!! 2y
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nomadreader
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Mehso-so

4 out of 5: flashes of brilliance (that first chapter!) and beautiful prose, but it didn't come together enough for me and left me wanting more. But I will be first in line for her next book.

jhod This is being described as short stories in the UK... just been nominated for Sunday Times young writer of the year 2y
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nomadreader
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Started this on my lunch hour. The first chapter is incredible.

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andrew61
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Pickpick

I initially had an extract from early in the book where a kidnapped American teacher keeps himself sane by teaching hamlet to the trees, leaves et al in the jungle. This however particularly struck me. This was a really good read, short stories that have connections involving life over 20 years in Colombia 1993-2013.

batsy This looks really intriguing! 3y
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volatilestatic
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Pickpick

So good. So very good. I'm not usually a fan of the interconnected short stories thing, but it worked well in the context of depicting civil unrest and its aftermath over the course of two decades. I'm kinda surprised the rating on here is so low!

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andrew61
Lucky Ones | Julianne Pachico
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I took two books back to the library and collected my reserved title above but ended up with the pereine book at oxfam and the remainder from the local libraries sale shop. Chuffed to get tim winton after shawn et al discussion this morning + march,sarah moss and ive always fancied the imagining of Richard's life from manics and the philip hensher looks good, all 50p paperback, £1 hardback. Now to sneak them home, only litsy peeps wld understand

LeahBergen The Northern Clemency and March are both really good. 👍🏼 3y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Smuggling books into my home has become an art. 3y
saresmoore I haven't read any of these, but I'm intrigued by all of them. Great finds! 3y
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andrew61 @LeahBergen great ☺ 3y
andrew61 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk yes not sure if wife notices the increasing pile in spare room! 3y
andrew61 @saresmoore the lucky ones was mentioned on and author spoken to on literary friction podcast, looking forward to it. 3y
ReadingEnvy Ooh haven't heard of that Winton. 3y
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volatilestatic
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The atmosphere in this book is amazing and wonderful.

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ju.ca.no
Lucky Ones | Julianne Pachico

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NovelVisits
The Lucky Ones: A Novel | Julianne Pachico
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Mehso-so

I really liked The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pacheco, but am not sure it's for everyone. It is actually a series of connected short stories about Colombians during some of the country's worst years, 1993-2013. These were eye opening and well, well worth reading.

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kdwinchester
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This season's similarly titles books that also happen to create part of the rainbow. Publishing gets weird sometimes. 😂

Cinfhen Such an excellent book 3y
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ohyeahthatgirl
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Each of these linked stories illuminates a small part of Colombian life and the country's conflicts. They're sometimes surreal to reflect the unreality of the violence (one is narrated by a coke-addicted rabbit), but taken together you get a sense of what it's like to have lived in Colombia from the 90's through today. (This is as tropical as I could get for this photo.)

annemi Plant thief 3y
monalyisha You had me at "coke-addicted rabbit." ? 3y
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