A Handbook to Luck

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 10, 2007 - Fiction - 272 pages
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In the late 60s, three teenagers from around the globe are making their way in the world: Enrique Florit, from Cuba, living in southern California with his flamboyant magician father; Marta Claros, getting by in the slums of San Salvador; Leila Rezvani, a well-to-do surgeon's daughter in Tehran. We follow them through the years, surviving war, disillusionment, and love, as their lives and paths intersect. With its cast of vividly drawn characters, its graceful movement through time, and the psychological shifts between childhood and adulthood, A Handbook to Luck is a beautiful, elegiac, and deeply emotional novel by beloved storyteller Cristina García.


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User Review  - chorn369 - LibraryThing

Enrique, Marta, and Leila are three young adult immigrants to the U.S. coming of age in the mid-1970s. They live at the margins; Enrique because his father's itinerant career as a magician keeps him ... Read full review

A HANDBOOK TO LUCK

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The fortunes of three vividly characterized protagonists are deftly delineated in the Cuban-born author's fourth novel.Its structure of juxtaposed episodes follows the pattern employed in her earlier ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
6
Section 2
18
Section 3
28
Section 4
30
Section 5
41
Section 6
46
Section 7
52
Section 8
63
Section 16
146
Section 17
157
Section 18
167
Section 19
178
Section 20
189
Section 21
203
Section 22
205
Section 23
215

Section 9
77
Section 10
86
Section 11
99
Section 12
101
Section 13
112
Section 14
135
Section 15
145
Section 24
222
Section 25
234
Section 26
242
Section 27
248
Section 28
256
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About the author (2007)

Cristina Garcia was born in Havana and grew up in New York City. Her first novel, Dreaming in Cuban, was nominated for a National Book Award and had been widely translated. Ms. Garcia has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, and the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. She lives in Santa Monica with her daughter, Pilar.


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