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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (July 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061834070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618340705
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A zinger of an opening scene, narrated with brio and poetic clarity, inaugurates the emotional tension and sweetly farcical action of this new novel by Anshaw (Aquamarine). Fern, 21, is a senior in college. More than a decade ago, her Chicago college administrator mother, Nora, left Fern's father to come out of the closet and live with her lover, Jeanne. A casualty of Nora's new identity, Fern is still sullen and vulnerable, and not about to make things easier for her mother, especially when she discovers that Nora is cheating on Jeanne, having succumbed to the passion ignited by tough-girl Pam, a construction worker. Fern also worries about her best friend, Tracy, a perennially restless and reckless adventurer who feels tied down by her new baby, born out of wedlock. Then Fern herself falls in love with a guy who has problems. Fortunately, Fern can confide in her Uncle Harold, a gentle cross-dresser who on Thursday afternoons hosts his canasta club as Dolores. The characters may be offbeat, but the novel is mainstream in its appeal, radiating energy and humor, and dispensing wisdom about the frailties of the human heart. Anshaw's prose sparkles with gems of description and solid psychological perceptions. The narrative smoothly integrates the flash points in mother-daughter relations, the bonds and tensions between lovers, the sexual fires that disrupt a trusting relationship, the ties that constitute family and the deep affection between a girl and her dog. The eponymous Lucky has been the one constant in Fern's life; his death is a touching rite of passage, when Fern understands that she has learned to take responsibility and feel compassion for herself and others. Agent, Jean Naggar. (May 22)Forecast: Movie scouts, take note. This could be a real winner on the silver screen.

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From Library Journal

Expertly crafted, with just the right amount of tension, drama, and humor, Anshaw's new novel is the kind of work that readers love to savor, anxiously reading ahead but regretting that it must come to an end. Nora and her teenage daughter, Fern, have a typically contentious relationship. They share a house with Nora's partner, Jeanne, and their dog, Lucky, and life is purring along until Nora makes a bad decision that results in a painful disruption of their family life. Fern, wise beyond her years, emerges as the real caregiver, checking in with her depressive boyfriend, rescuing her best friend from becoming a child abuser, and ultimately even putting her battles with her mother on hold long enough to help Nora recover her footing in life. Anshaw creates intelligent characters about whom the reader will come to care deeply. Her characterization of the aging family dog is as considered and detailed as that of the human principals in the story and will strike a familiar chord with pet owners. Anshaw is the author of two Lambda Award finalists, Aquamarine and Seven Moves. Her latest is highly recommended for all fiction collections. Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland Lib., OR
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Sullivan on January 28, 2006
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I agree with the reviewer who said that this book was "pleasant" to read--it *is* very easy and accessible. But just don't confuse that with simplistic, either in the ideas it offers or the way it presents them. The way in which the main character wrestles with fidelity, with contentment, really, is very believable as it is sketched out. The supporting characters are well-executed, and the arc of the plot is satisfying and illuminating. You're left hanging a bit by the conclusion, but it works. I promptly went out upon reading this and got another of her books--it's that good. (Don't be put off by the cover, which makes the story look flaky and light, a la Diane Johnson/Le Divorce; there's real life between *these* covers.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Catfish_Hunter on May 31, 2002
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Maybe I'm just a sucker for a good book about Chicago, dogs, babies, transvestites, lesbians, teenagers, love and longing, but boy I sure did like this one. Carol Anshaw's way around an image is fresh and exquisite. --One of those "If I could only write like THAT" experiences. Add this to your summer list (and beyond). This one's a winner.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "blissengine" on January 2, 2003
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Fern's relationship with her mother Nora has always been strained, ever since the messy divorce due to Nora's affairs with women. Nora has eventually settled down with Jeanne, but the tension between mother and daughter remains. Fern's best friend drops her baby into Fern's lap and slowly drifts from the picture, and Fern's most stable relationship is with her dog Lucky, but with the dog's health waning, this seems to be ending as well. And when Nora begins another affair, Fern is first to figure it out and leaps at the chance to judge her mother, but as events progress, she begins to realize her mother is human after all. And with Lucky dying, both mother and daughter come to better understandings about themselves and their relationship with each other. "Lucky in the Corner" is full of glorious complexities about us humans, and Anshaw has written this tale in a tidal mosaic, where episodes from the past and present interweave, blessing the reader with all aspects of these fascinating characters and leaving us with a sense of what family (especially those extended families of non-blood relatives) means.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2002
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Lucky in the Corner is one of those books you don't want to read too quickly, you want the pleasure to last. At its heart is one of the most complex and touching mother/daughter relationships I've ever come across. Add to that dangerous dykes, canasta-playing drags queens, dogs, uptight ex-wives, hot sex, teens in trouble, and the palpable presence of the city of Chicago. This book is a blast! Anshaw writes like a dream, she's often laugh aloud funny, and then she'll spin a sentence or metaphor that takes your breath away. For all the delicious bells and whistles, at its core this is a book about love and the tough choices it forces us all to make. A terrific ride with a payoff that moved me. Highest recommendation to my fellow readers.
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By Ay Caramba on January 20, 2008
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This was a great read. It was beautifully written and there were some spots that I laughed for quiet awhile at what a character said or did. (I've chuckled briefly with other books, but never laughed and laughed as I did with this one.) The characters were all very likable, even in their foibles. The pain of a mother and a daughter who really wanted to be connected but weren't was portrayed honestly. The mother was trying to fill a round hole in her heart with a square peg. It was awful to witness both for her daughter and for the reader. It was that frustrating longing though that eventually brought them together. The tension was savory and the resolution was real. I highly recommend it.
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Format: Hardcover
No one chronicles the nuances of relationships better than Carol Anshaw and this book is dense with insights into all sorts of love -- parental, conjugal, illicit, platonic, conditional, unconditional, straight, gay.
Anshaw has stripped away the insulation covering the connections between her characters, and with the wiring exposed, sparks fly. With her characteristic dry wit, the author lays bare the feints and dodges we all use to get through the day. A bonus is her vivid descriptions of the ambiance of Chicago, site of most of the action.
This book is fun, poignant, and very satisfying.
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I love all her books. They're well written, brilliant, not too depressing, So good to read about my life as a lesbian. Have read each one about five times. Thanks CA!
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By Andrea Thompson on December 11, 2013
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Very good character portrayal, especially the lead. The author draws you in and keeps you interested with terrific storytelling. I need to read more of her.
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