Review: Lucky’s by Andrew Pippos


Title: Lucky’s

Author: Andrew Pippos

Published: 27th October 2020, Picador

Status: Read October 2020 courtesy PanMacmillan Australia

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My Thoughts:

Having recently lost both her job and her husband, Emily is in Sydney from London with an eye to writing a New Yorker feature about the rise and fall of ‘Lucky’s’, once an ubiquitous chain of restaurants/cafes across south eastern NSW.

Lucky Mallios has a plan – to relaunch the iconic restaurant/cafe he lost to a combination of tragedy and gambling in the mid 90’s. Old and broke, he wants to atone for his mistakes, and leave something for the only family he has left.

With a nod to Greek tragicomedy, Lucky’s is a character driven novel about fortunes won and lost, of serendipity and fate. It shifts between the past and present revealing secrets, coincidences, scandals and trauma. It has a kind of charm that comes from the author’s own affection for, and understanding of, his characters.

Lucky and Emily share not only a link to Emily’s late father, but also similar traits. They each struggle with the loss of a loved one, their expectations of themselves, and others expectations of them. I was keen to discover if Lucky would win his fortune, and thus his redemption, if Emily would find success.

Lucky’s is congenial literary debut from Andrew Pippos

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Oct 31, 2020 @ 12:06:46

    I have this one to review. Thanks for the review. Sometimes I need to read other’s reviews on my review books to help decide which one to read next!

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  2. Mystica
    Oct 31, 2020 @ 16:55:50

    A new one for me. Thanks for the review.

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  3. Tracy @ Cornerfolds
    Nov 01, 2020 @ 02:39:52

    This definitely sounds interesting and isn’t one I’ve ever heard of. Thanks for sharing!

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