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Lucky Girls: Stories

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Awards

Winner of the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award

Review-A-Day

"The five stories are well-written, well-plotted, intelligent and surprising....Nell Freudenberger's book not only reminded me why I read, it also reminded me why I write." Curtis Sittenfeld, Salon.com (read the entire Salon.com review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Here are five stories, set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent — each one bearing the weight and substance of a short novella — narrated by young women who find themselves, often as expatriates, face to face with the compelling circumstances of adult love.Living in unfamiliar places, according to new and often frightening rules, these characters become vulnerable in unexpected ways — and learn, as a result, to articulate the romantic attraction to landscapes and cultures that are strange to them.

Lucky Girls marks the arrival of a writer of exceptional talents, one whose generosity of spirit, clarity of intellect and emotion, and skill in storytelling set her among todays most gifted and exciting young voices.

Review:

"[T]houghtful and entertaining....Freudenberger is more inventive and piquant when she probes characters' relationships to their adopted homelands..." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Freudenberger has an acute, steady eye for the physical world, and she creates a scene and its mood through exacting detail....Quietly and stealthily, her insight has a way of sneaking up on the reader." Elisa Ludwig, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"[G]orgeously written...a remarkably poised collection....Young writers as ambitious — and as good — as Nell Freudenberger give us reason for hope." Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"The speakers are at best half explained, motivation remains a mystery, and you are left wanting a fuller explanation of events....The stories work best when read slowly...but at most we get a glimpse into a complicated scenario." Library Journal

Review:

"[I]ntricately constructed, emotionally affecting tales....Instead of living up to the hype, Freudenberger gracefully transcends it, establishing herself as a talent to watch for years to come, rather than simply for her years." Elle

Review:

"Every story in this remarkable collection reveals the emergence of a truly prodigious talent." Richard Ford, author of A Multitude of Sins

Review:

"[A] haunting assemblage....There isn't a weak story in the bunch....Freudenberger succeeds nicely in creating sharply focused pieces in which each detail directs the reader along a clear path." Robin Vidimos, The Denver Post

Review:

"Within the close confines of the short story form, Freudenberger's descriptive powers evoke precise visual settings that ache with loneliness....Lucky Girls doesn't have a single disappointment." Andrea Hoag, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Synopsis:

First highlighted in the New Yorker fiction issue, Lucky Girls is a collection of five novella-like stories that take place mostly in Asia — the debut of a new talent and a New York Times Notable Book.

Synopsis:

Here are five stories, set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent — each one bearing the weight and substance of a short novella — narrated by young women who find themselves, often as expatriates, face to face with the compelling circumstances of adult love.

About the Author

Nell Freudenberger has taught English in Bangkok and New Delhi, and currently lives in New York City. Lucky Girls is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060088804
Subtitle:
Stories
Author:
Freudenberger, Nell
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.02x5.25x.59 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Ecco - English 9780060088804 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The five stories are well-written, well-plotted, intelligent and surprising....Nell Freudenberger's book not only reminded me why I read, it also reminded me why I write." (read the entire Salon.com review)
"Review" by , "[T]houghtful and entertaining....Freudenberger is more inventive and piquant when she probes characters' relationships to their adopted homelands..."
"Review" by , "Freudenberger has an acute, steady eye for the physical world, and she creates a scene and its mood through exacting detail....Quietly and stealthily, her insight has a way of sneaking up on the reader."
"Review" by , "[G]orgeously written...a remarkably poised collection....Young writers as ambitious — and as good — as Nell Freudenberger give us reason for hope."
"Review" by , "The speakers are at best half explained, motivation remains a mystery, and you are left wanting a fuller explanation of events....The stories work best when read slowly...but at most we get a glimpse into a complicated scenario."
"Review" by , "[I]ntricately constructed, emotionally affecting tales....Instead of living up to the hype, Freudenberger gracefully transcends it, establishing herself as a talent to watch for years to come, rather than simply for her years."
"Review" by , "Every story in this remarkable collection reveals the emergence of a truly prodigious talent."
"Review" by , "[A] haunting assemblage....There isn't a weak story in the bunch....Freudenberger succeeds nicely in creating sharply focused pieces in which each detail directs the reader along a clear path."
"Review" by , "Within the close confines of the short story form, Freudenberger's descriptive powers evoke precise visual settings that ache with loneliness....Lucky Girls doesn't have a single disappointment."
"Synopsis" by , First highlighted in the New Yorker fiction issue, Lucky Girls is a collection of five novella-like stories that take place mostly in Asia — the debut of a new talent and a New York Times Notable Book.
"Synopsis" by , Here are five stories, set in Southeast Asia and on the Indian subcontinent — each one bearing the weight and substance of a short novella — narrated by young women who find themselves, often as expatriates, face to face with the compelling circumstances of adult love.
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