Answers to Lucky

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HarperCollins, Jan 16, 1997 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Repeatedly compared to Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, Howard Owen has firmly established himself as a major talent in Southern fiction. In "Answers to Lucky, " he once again earns this reputation by crafting an unforgettable tale of ambition, politics and the tidal draw of family.

It begins in 1946. Consumed by a burning desire to pull himself out of redneck poverty, Tommy Sweatt drives his twin sons, Thomas Edison Sweatt and Jack Dempsey (Lucky) Sweatt, to be the brightest and the best. When Lucky contracts polio, however, he becomes invisible to his father, his relationship with Tom Ed grows strained and the inevitable collapse occurs. As soon as he's able, Lucky divorces himself from the family.

Flash forward to 1992. Tom Ed is running for governor of North Carolina in a heated race. Out of the blue, Lucky reappears, hoping to reconnect with his brother and reunite the family. Against this murky backdrop of politics, infidelity, deception and wrath, the fortunes of the Sweatt family take unexpected turns in a story that teases, surprises and, finally, comes together in a truly satisfying denouement.

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User Review  - EmScape - LibraryThing

Lucky and Tom Ed Sweatt, twins who grew up in western North Carolina, have taken very different paths in life. Now, after years of semi-estrangement, Tom Ed is running for Governor and needs his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

The first 100 pages were a little tough getting into, but that probably had more to do with my busy schedule than the actual quality of the story. I can say that because of the last half of the book ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Owen is an editor at the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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