21ST BOOK, FIRST VIKING PUBLICATION: This is Ann Beattie’s 21st book, and her first with Viking. We are thrilled to have a writer of her literary caliber and experience join our list, and we are excited to help bring her work to a new generation of readers, as well as reaching those who have been reading her since the 70s. This novel—its themes and characters—is a glorious return to form for Beattie, recalling some of her most celebrated early novels from the 1980s and 1990s.
MASTERFUL WRITING: Beattie’s iconic style and command of language are revelatory throughout this deeply observed new novel. More than just a new novel, A Wonderful Stroke of Luck sees Beattie approach fiction from a new angle altogether as she turns to the completely fresh subject of campus life. At once lyrical and bitingly funny, her writing is a cause for celebration. She is an American master writing some of her greatest fiction yet.
Praise for A Wonderful Stroke of Luck
“[Beattie’s] elegantly sculpted tale is both wrenchingly sad and ultimately enigmatic: as usual.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Gimlet-eyed Beattie has created a stunningly unnerving and provocative tale spiked with keen cultural allusions and drollery. This jarring dissection of privilege and anxiety, gender expectations, lust, ludicrous predicaments, defensive selfishness, moral confusion, and numbing loneliness projects a matrix of angst somewhat countered by the solace and sustenance found in a quiet life far from the grasping, hurried, hostile world…. Beattie’s literary reign continues apace, thanks to her stealthily eviscerating insights and disquieting wit.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Beattie’s latest novel…is riven with hope and humor…. [A] postmodernist Greek tragedy…. Laugh-out-loud humorous…. Beattie [has] a keen ear for not only what is said but also what is left unsaid, often with tragic consequences.”
“Even if you’re not old enough to remember the thrill of reading Beattie’s first-ever story to be published in The New Yorker, you’ll find that the short fiction master’s latest foray into long form is a marvel of wry wit and wisdom.”
—O, The Oprah magazine
Praise for Ann Beattie:
“Unshakably intelligent, deep-hearted…. One feels amazed at the confidence, steadiness, and quality of [Beattie’s] writing.”
—Lorrie Moore, The New York Times Book Review on Park City
“Ann Beattie yet again reveals herself as one of literature’s most liberating figures.”
—Howard Norman, The Washington Post on The Accomplished Guest
“Full of echoes and resonant fractures, and so beguiling in its eerie simplicity, I read it twice.”
—Miranda July on Walks with Men
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