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The Lucky Ones

A literary jigsaw puzzle of a debut novel set in Colombia during the peak of its decades-long conflict, and in New York City

While her parents are away, a teenager finds herself home alone, with the household staff mysteriously gone, no phone connection and news of an insurgency on the radio --- and then she hears a knock at the door. Her teacher, who has been kidnapped by guerrillas, recites Shakespeare in the jungle to a class of sticks, leaves and stones while his captors watch his every move. Another classmate, who has fled Colombia for the clubs of New York, is unable to forget the life she left behind without the help of the little bags of powder she carries with her. Taking place over two decades, THE LUCKY ONES presents us with a world in which perpetrators are indistinguishable from saviors, the truth is elusive and loved ones can disappear without a trace.

A prismatic tale of a group of characters who emerge and recede throughout the novel and touch one another’s lives in ways even they cannot comprehend, THE LUCKY ONES captures the intensity of life in Colombia as paramilitaries, guerrillas and drug traffickers tear the country apart. Combining vivid descriptions of life under siege with a hallucinatory feel that befits its violent world, THE LUCKY ONES introduces a truly original and exciting new voice in fiction.

Audiobook available, read by Marisol Ramirez and Ramón de Ocampo

The Lucky Ones
by Julianne Pachico

  • Publication Date: March 7, 2017
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
  • ISBN-10: 0399588655
  • ISBN-13: 9780399588655