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by Joan Barfoot

  • ISBN: 0297848402
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Joan Barfoot
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; Export/Airport/Ireland Ed edition (2005)
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • FB2 size: 1547 kb
  • EPUB size: 1777 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 554
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Barfoot’s tenth novel, Luck was shortlisted for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize .

Barfoot’s tenth novel, Luck was shortlisted for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Joan Barfoot is the author of ten novels, including, Critical Injuries, which was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2001 Trillium Book Award. Her other works include Abra, which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award; Dancing in the Dark, which was adapted into an award-winning feature film; Duet for Three; Family News; Plain Jane; Charlotte and Claudia Keeping in Touch; Some Things About Flying and Getting Over Edgar. In 1992, she received the Marian Engel Award in recognition of her body of work.

Joan Barfoot's writing reminds me of Margaret Atwood's. Luck is the tale of Nora, Beth and Sophie.

Praise for Joan Barfoot’s LUCK Luck took me right out of myself-I read it in one gulp, and it never let me down. Sharp and surprising but always responsible, no tricks for tricks’ sake, so. Praise for Joan Barfoot’s LUCK. Luck took me right out of myself-I read it in one gulp, and it never let me down. Sharp and surprising but always responsible, no tricks for tricks’ sake, so satisfying, with its shifting and puzzles.

Oh, and enemies, too, if only to assure themselves this truly is the final appearance of someone triumphantly outlived. Philip didn’t have enemies.

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“There is good luck, and there is bad luck, and then there’s the ambiguous sort of luck that’s a lot of this and some of the other.” Philip Lawrence, a robust and pleasure-loving furniture-maker, dies suddenly at the age of forty-six. Though that’s terribly young by most standards, he’s lucky to have passed presumably peacefully in his sleep. Less fortunate, however, are the three women he leaves behind to make sense of his loss.There’s Nora, his wife of seventeen years, who wakes up next to his dead body. A fiery visual artist, Nora’s feminist re-interpretation of biblical themes stoked fundamentalist outrage from her small-town neighbours. Now, as her emotions run the gamut, she must confront solo life in a place she despises.Nora shares the house with Sophie, a buxom and bossy redhead, who works as the couple’s housekeeper and personal assistant. A recovering virtue addict, Sophie turns to menial tasks as a way to suppress painful memories of her two-year stint as an overseas aid worker. Philip’s death leaves her quietly reeling.And then there’s the pliable and vacuous Beth, a former beauty queen, who serves as Nora’s live-in muse and model. She mourns not Philip so much as the loss of a haven from her own creepy past.The novel follows the three days immediately after Philip’s death. Privately, each woman deals with memories and emotions, secrets and uncomfortable revelations, while at the same time preparing for the public rituals of mourning (including a funeral like no other). The narrative moves seamlessly from one perspective to another with delicious dark humour and wry insight into the nature of death, love, mourning, fundamentalism and luck.Barfoot’s tenth novel, Luckwas shortlisted for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The jury citation reads as follows: “Joan Barfoot is at the peak of her powers with this splendidly realized tragicomedy about a household in the wake of an unexpected death. With its note-perfect narration, mordant wit and wonderfully neurotic cast of characters, Luck shows how death can reveal life in all its absurdity and complexity. This scintillating comedy of manners is also a profound meditation on fate, love, and artifice.”
Reviews about Luck (2):
I wanted to like this book, but I didn't. It was just too tedious. There was far too much attention to the colour of someone's skin and not enough attention to establishing a depth of character in the 3 women and 1 man that make up the main characters in the book. The women seemed shallow and the plot was flat and unexciting. Right from the start, the book seems poised to distance the reader from the character of Philip which is unusual. The distance and borderline dislike I felt for Philip was problematic because since I didn't relate to him or care for his character all that much, I also didn't understand why any woman would want to share a life with him and I lacked sympathy towarads his grieving wife. The 2 females that were employed by Philip and his wife were portrayed as simple cardboard cut-outs of people and also lacked emotional depth. The observations all 3 women made always seemed selfish or petty.

The ending seemed wrong too, although I won't go into detail about that because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who still wants to read this book.

Maybe the next one she writes will be more enjoyable. The potential is there in the writing, so I'll check in later and see what Joan Barfoot comes out with next.
I really loved this book. Barfoot's prose really captivated me from the first sentence. I found her rhythm and cleverness continually engaging. I also liked how she treated each of the three women individually as characters, so that I got to fully experience each.

If the first sentence draws you in as much as it did me, I hope you read this satisfying novel.

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