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Lucky Break: A Novel Paperback – October 25, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Original edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608196906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608196906
  • ASIN: 1608196909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A superbly gifted writer… [Lucky Break is] breezily charming and typically shrewd, and comes with a new satirical edge… Freud creates relationships so fraught and delicate that at times the characters themselves can hardly bear to examine them… Freud explores them with a dazzling clarity that displays her true, writer’s calling." —New York Times Book Review
 
"Lucky Break pierces the superficial surface of acting to reveal the enthralling, authentic drama at the heart of the business." —Newsweek Daily Beast

"Bubbly, buoyant… and just great fun… It’s hard to picture a more pleasant diversion." – Boston Globe

"Each of [Freud’s] beautifully written books creates a fascinating special world, and this one—an exegesis of her acting-school years—is no exception." – Marie Claire

"Absorbing... [Freud] captures fleeting hopes, insecurities, and self-doubts... [and] brings a touch of irony to the red carpet." - Kirkus Reviews

"Freud chronicles 14 years in the life of a group of young actors... Drawing inspiration from her early acting training, Freud finds joy and heartbreak in her winning ensemble." — Publishers Weekly
 
“I started reading Lucky Break. I didn't move. I just read it. Finished in one sitting.” —Antonia Fraser, author of Must You Go?
 
“I loved Lucky Break—being taken away and plunged into that vivid group of actors... Completely authentic and enthralling” — Michael Holroyd, author of A Strange Eventful History

About the Author

Esther Freud was born in London in 1963. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and made into a feature film starring Kate Winslet. Her other novels include The Sea House, Summer at Gaglow, The Wild, Peerless Flats, and most recently, Love Falls. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By NY Beader on January 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read a good review of this in the New York Times so I was really looking forward to it. I am amazed at how poor the writing was and how the characters were so uninteresting. That's hard work when you're writing about actors. It was more like a teen book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Rosenberg on December 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I checked this out of the library because I read a promising review. It is absolute trash. If you enjoy trash, okay, be my guest. There is absolutely no depth to the characters and the events described are cliches for the most part. Reading it I felt like the author had sat down at her computer and typed it out in one long sitting, with no real thought or editing. What a waste of time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fal Shaw on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Amazingly trashy drivel. Bu say, if there is a teen aged girl you can't think of a present for - this might be appropriate. Cinderella as a modernized sit-com. You can use it as a long-way around to introducing Sigmund or Lucien Freud. And lastly, anybody wanting to have a crack at writing to pay some bills, you might think about changing your name to Freud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kalin on February 14, 2012
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I just finished reading this book about 3 minutes ago and absolutely adored it. I thought it was going to focus on the main characters and their time at drama school. It actually takes you through their first days at school to their careers afterwards. I found the characters engaging. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who has studied or worked in theatre. Great book!
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