Lucky Girls


by Nell Freudenberger

On Sale: 04/02/2019

Lucky Girls


by Nell Freudenberger

On Sale: 04/02/2019


PEN/Faulkner Award

About the Book

First highlighted in The New Yorker fiction issue, here is award-winning writer Nell Freudenberger’s debut story collection

Lucky Girls is a collection of five novella-like stories, which take place mostly in Asia. The characters—expatriates, often by accident—are attracted to the places they find themselves in a romantic way, or repelled by a landscape where every object seems strange. For them, falling in love can be inseparable from the place where it happens.

Living according to unfamiliar rules, these characters are also vulnerable in unique ways. In the title story, a young woman who has been involved in a five-year affair with a married Indian man feels bound to both her memories and her adopted country after his death. The protagonist of “Outside the Eastern Gate” returns to her childhood home in Delhi, to find a house still inhabited by the impulsive, desperate spirit of her mother, who left her family for a wild journey over the Khyber Pass to Afghanistan. In “Letter from the Last Bastion,” a teenage girl begins a correspondence with a novelist who’s built his reputation writing about his experiences as a soldier in Vietnam and who, in his letters, confides in her a secret about his past.

Highly anticipated in the literary community and beyond, Lucky Girls marks the debut of a very special talent that places her among today’s most gifted young writers.

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Critical Praise

“Throughout the book...are moments of sharp humor and wise insight.” - Los Angeles Times

“Lucky Girls is a beautiful story that has a graceful simplicity.” - People

“Skillful and assured...Freudenberger’s prose is smooth. - Raleigh News & Observer

“[Freudenberger’s] stories have the complex nuances of a mature writer.” - Speakeasy magazine

“In simple, elegant prose, she renders foreign landscapes with unsentimental precision.” - Vogue

“Freudenberger is...a fantastic writer.” - Houston Press

“Extraordinary stories.” - The Journal News


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062915221
  • ISBN 10: 0062915223
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 04/02/2019
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Psychological

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