New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811216074, 266pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2004
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Luck is the beautiful, bittersweet, and very funny novel about a nuclear family living in a small German town -- wonderfully translated by Gert Hofmann's son, acclaimed translator and poet Michael Hofmann. It begins and ends on the same day, the last day of the narrator's childhood as he prepares to leave home with Father, because Mother is waiting for her new man to arrive, and his sister will stay behind. Or will they really leave? Mother sits in her room, squirting herself with perfume. Father endlessly postpones his packing, hoping for a magical conversation that will mend his marriage. His little sister spits on her new dress, and asks....
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