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Get Lucky: A Novel Paperback – April 6, 2010
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Her books and essays have appeared in InStyle, Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Houstonia, the Dallas Morning News, The Houston Press, and the Houston Chronicle, as well as several anthologies.
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Brené Brown says of Katherine: "She can write a falling-down-and-getting-back-up story like nobody's business. And she's also a 5th generation Texan so there's always a little emotional pig-wrestling and ass-kicking in her books."
Instant Pictures recently optioned movie rights for The Lost Husband, which People calls "A sweet tale about creating the family you need."
Happiness For Beginners is the first in a three-book deal with St. Martin's Griffin. The others go on sale in spring of 2016 and 2017.
People Magazine calls The Bright Side of Disaster, ""cleverly told and uncommonly appealing." Library Journal calls Get Lucky a "thoroughly enjoyable girlish romp," and Kirkus Reviews likens Everyone Is Beautiful to the 1950s motherhood classic Please Don't Eat the Daisies: "Center's breezy style invites the reader to commiserate, laughing all the way."
Katherine's books have been featured at Target and Costco, BookPage named her a new writer to watch, the Houston Press named her a Top Ten writer in the city. Her novels have been published in translation in Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Hungary, as well as in the UK. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the Girls, Inc. Strong, Smart & Bold Award, the Writers In The Schools Founders' Award, the St. John's School Maverick Award, and the Vassar College Fiction Prize.
Katherine also Facebooks, Tweets, makes video essays, teaches writing, and speaks to all kinds of groups and book clubs. She lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her awesome husband, two sweet children, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot rolls on from there and is a thoroughly enjoyable story that does not disappoint. I loved all the characters -- especially a few of the minor ones and all-in-all this book made for a well-told, colorful story. I couldn't put the book down and was sad when it was over. It is a perfect vacation book, airplane book, or really anytime book. I will definitely read more from Katherine Center.
If you've ever had a sister or even a best friend, you'll recognize these people and their relationships.
I love that Katherine writes such real characters. I feel like I know these people and can relate to their lives, even though they're nothing like mine.
This is definitely a book to read and share.
Fast and meaningful read, my favorite!
Why don't I know better by now?
Apparently there is something about Katherine Center's books that grab me at a visceral level and refuse to let me go until I have slurped up every last touching word (and cried a little while doing so). So it's now about 3 hours later and I've finished Everyone is Beautiful and will now write my review of Get Lucky as my offering of gratitude for being inspired, shamed, comforted, terrified, and reassured.
The novel Get Lucky, is, as Center has said, about many things - sisters, babies, losing and finding yourself, parents, loss, giving, grief, best friends, love, and, of course, breasts. At the start of the novel, the protagonist, Sarah, is a high-powered ad exec in NYC, running a bra campaign. And she goes a little nuts when her sister, Mackie, forwards a link that contains hundreds of pictures of breasts. This crazy manifests in Sarah sending the link to everyone at work, and, unsurprisingly, getting fired for it. She rationalizes it a little, the way you do, and packs up for a Thanksgiving visit home to Houston.
En route, she runs into a high school boyfriend whose heart she'd crushed. She hopes for the kind of reunion we all hope for, years later. Unfortunately, Everett gives her an unexpected jab. We'll meet Everett again - he's also taken a job working with Sarah's brother-in-law.Read more ›
Coming home to Houston also presents Sarah with the opportunity to work through a few things from her past: the death of her mother when she was only twelve; the horrible way she broke up with the old boyfriend. She also faces the situation of her father being engaged to Dixie who is completely different from her mother.
As in Everyone Is Beautiful, Katherine Center writes believable characters. Sarah and Mackie reminded me of my relationship with my sisters. We can love them or be mad at them but don't anyone else say a bad word about them! They would do anything for each other. I really enjoyed Sarah's perspective as she dealt with her post New York life - how she dealt (or didn't deal) with pregnancy, being jobless, and being relationship-less. I also loved Dixie. There is a scene involving Dixie and Sarah at a self-defense class that had me laughing out loud. But Dixie becomes much more than a wacky step-mother and is more a person who can shine a light on what is important in life.
I'm not sure if Get Lucky would be considered Women's Fiction or Chick Lit but I do know if you're looking for a thoughtful and enjoyable novel about a young woman seeking a happier, more meaningful life, you should read Get Lucky.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some laugh out loud moments and a thoroughly pleasant read. I highly recommend to anyone looking for anyone needing a break from weighty reading.Published 2 months ago by Phyllis K.K.
Hard to put down. Loved the tale of motherless sisters bond carried through life. Dixie is great character and good for everyone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Like2051 Customer
I love Katherine Centers books. I have read all of them and enjoyed each and every one. Not many surprises but very enjoyable readingPublished 6 months ago by Mumsy
Loved this book so much that I bought everything she has written. Just finished "Happiness for Beginners" - couldn't but it down. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Abbey Levine
Historicc preservation and sisters and historic preservation. Whjat a combo.Published 14 months ago by Detesdeb
Quick easy love story! Shows personal struggles and how selfish we can be with out noticing. I liked the book!Published 14 months ago by Ren Wakefield
I was not sure about this novel, but once I started reading...I just kept going. Interesting, entertaining, and altogether an enjoyable read, the story made me smile - and think. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Reader1
So unbelievable. I was drawn in by the cheerful flip flops on the novel's cover, but didn't find anything special in the pages. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Northern Virginia Mom