So Lucky
January 31, 2019 7:51 AM - by Nicola Griffith - Subscribe

From the author of Hild, a fierce and urgent autobiographical novel about a woman facing down a formidable foe So Lucky is the sharp, surprising new novel by Nicola Griffith―the profoundly personal and emphatically political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in the space of a single week her wife leaves her and she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

This book. Ugh. I chose it because I enjoyed Hild. I remember that Hild didn't really wow me with its prose stylings, it just had a subtle tension that was resolved periodically with well crafted moments of satisfying resolution. So Lucky has none of that. It's angry. It's "stages of grief" anger that never moves past the anger. I was so bludgeoned by the specific wrongs-to-be-angry-about that i stopped reading to go to the "about the author" page to confirm that, yep, this is a long form personal rant about the injustices that Griffith experienced after her diagnosis. From that point, even though I was not enjoying the read, i figured the book was short enough to make it through. and then came the torture. Nope. I will leave it to others to tell whether the thinly veiled author manages to right all of the wrongs and complete some sort of redemptive arc that validates all of the uncharitable takes on the world and flat out bile, because I'm not going to read another page.

My prediction is that unless a judge is also this bitter and finds pleasure in reading about a particular kind of unpleasantness undiluted by any sense of humanity, this book will be crushed in the first round.
posted by OHenryPacey

This post was deleted for the following reason: FanFare is not the place for venting reviews of partially-read books, sorry. -- restless_nomad

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