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From the author of Hild, a fierce and urgent autobiographical audiobook about a woman facing down a formidable foe. 

So Lucky is the sharp, surprising new audiobook 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. 

Mara Tagarelli is, professionally, the head of a multimillion-dollar AIDS foundation; personally, she is a committed martial artist. But her life has turned inside out like a sock. She can’t rely on family, her body is letting her down, and friends and colleagues are turning away - they treat her like a victim. She needs to break that narrative: build her own community, learn new strengths, and fight. But what do you do when you find out that the story you’ve been told, the story you’ve told yourself, is not true? How can you fight if you can’t trust your body? Who can you rely on if those around you don’t have your best interests at heart, and the systems designed to help do more harm than good? Mara makes a decision and acts, but her actions unleash monsters aimed squarely at the heart of her new community. 

This is fiction from the front lines, incandescent and urgent, a narrative juggernaut that rips through sentiment to expose the savagery of America’s treatment of the disabled and chronically ill. But So Lucky also blazes with hope and a ferocious love of self, of the life that becomes possible when we stop believing lies.

©2018 Nicola Griffith (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Painfully autobiographical... and GOOD

First off, this is really not a novel, more like a novella. It follows a very active, martial-arts-ass-kicking lesbian woman through her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, her divorce, her completely unfair firing from her job as a non-profit director, her effort to start a new non-profit to help “cripples” like her, AND a scary subplot where she discovers MS victims are being further victimized by a group of serial torturer/robber/killers. In other words, it’s Nicola Griffith’s own story, with a few embellishments. It’s kind of a lot to pack into a very short book, and I can’t claim to have loved it as I have loved most of her other work, but I have to say that the personal touch she applies is quite moving. In particular, her description of the process a person in a wheelchair goes thru in the TSA line – so dehumanizing, so WRONG – really got to me. I mean, even if it’s “only” old age and not a monster like MS, all of us eventually lose the physical gifts of youth, right? Griffith appears to have written this as a bit of therapy to deal with her own MS, but I think it works for all readers willing to give it a try, and it does have a little bit of an uplifting component in terms of the protagonist regaining her feistiness in the end… I hope Griffith’s health, and interest, allows her to write some more – preferably another “Slow River”, but really anything. Her small but powerful body of work in what might be narrowly termed “lesbian fiction” has been eye-opening and amazing to me. And by the way, she's a pretty damn good reader too!!!

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Grim with a good ending

Terrific narration, grim but compelling mindset and experiences, and worth sticking with to the satisfying end. I suspect it is a very realistic portrayal of the awfulness of the first year or so of a chronic illness, it's ugly realities, and how it wrecks your head.

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Breathless and beautiful, wonderful narration

Smart. Scintillating. Scathing. Part thriller. Part horror. And all #CripLit.

Wonderfully narrated by the author. A short but high impact listen. A beautiful way with words. Every sentence sharp.

Listen for writers: How to have an eclectic oeuvre, not be pigeonholed into genre or style. I look forward to and enjoy Griffith's works, but she always offers something new.