To be published on 22 November, for Thanksgiving, at £12.99
Handheld Press is proud to be publishing the UK edition of award-winning novelist Nicola Griffith’s stupendous new novel, published in the USA on 15 May 2018.
Mara Tagarelli is on top of her world. She’s the head of a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation, an accomplished martial artist, and happily married. She has never met a problem she can’t solve—until suddenly she can’t solve any of them. In the space of a single week her wife leaves her, she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and she loses her job.
Now everything begins to feel like a threat. At first, she thinks it’s just her newfound sense of vulnerability. Then she realises the threat of violence is real, deadly, and heading straight for her.
But how do you defend yourself when you can’t trust your own body? How do you face down danger when everyone, including you, believes you are helpless and monsters are coming? You find your people, and you build a community.
Nicola Griffith’s So Lucky is fiction from the front lines, incandescent and urgent, a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of the experience of becoming disabled and dismissed. Yet So Lucky also blazes with authority, the understanding of the life that becomes possible when we stop believing lies, find our strengths, and learn new ways to fight.
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Praise for So Lucky
‘A compact, brutal story of losing power and creating community … So Lucky is beautifully written, with a flexible, efficient precision that embodies the protagonist’s voice and character.’ ― Amal El-Mohtar, The New York Times Book Review
‘A short, fast-paced whirlwind of a novel … Spine tingling and in places downright terrifying.’ — Yas Necati, Independent
‘With great insight and power, Griffith chronicles one woman’s fight … the plot twists into a sophisticated thriller. — Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture
‘Successfully disguised as a page-turning thriller, So Lucky is also a deep meditation on marginalisation, vulnerability, and resistance.’ — Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
‘Searing…a fresh and powerful novel and antidote to the sense of victimhood.’ ― Booklist
‘Explosive, tightly plotted … It is full of power and healing, like a forest fire that will burn every single thing to the ground to make way for new growth.’ — Joanne Rixon, Seattle Times
‘In So Lucky, Nicola Griffith replicates the actual experience of becoming disabled. This genre-violating story begins straightforwardly, then slides into a hallucinatory exploration of the body, reality, and identity. It is disorienting, destabilising, and game-changing. I have never read anything like it.’ — Riva Lehrer, author of Golem Girl
‘In Nicola Griffith’s So Lucky, Mara is a vibrant, active, social justice-minded woman stalked by a phantom. The phantom threatens her work, her relationships — nothing less than her identity. This angry, funny, cleverly written novel about the onset of disability in a world that values fitness above all ushers in a new wave of disability stories. Or let’s hope so.’— Susan Nussbaum, author of Good Kings Bad Kings
‘Nicola Griffith’s So Lucky is compelling reading, a tour de force of the onset of disability. This is the first novel I have read that describes an autobiographical experience of disability from Day One with a relentlessness that can parallel a disability itself. It is intense, sad, and dramatic combining mystery, romance, terror (internal and external), and hope. Just like life itself.’— Steven E Brown, cofounder of the Institute on Disability Culture
‘Nicola Griffith’s depiction of Mara, newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, shows how we, as humans, deal with anger and love, hopelessness and hope. Griffith’s lean, taut prose, and her willingness to delve deeply into Mara’s fears, transforms So Lucky into a story about what we all share: an unpredictable life filled with vulnerability and a need for community.’— Kenny Fries, author of In the Province of the Gods