A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Ann Beattie is an American novelist and short story writer. She has also received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. The PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the form of short stories. She was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. and attended Woodrow Wilson High School. Ann holds an undergraduate degree from American University, and also a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.
She gained attention in the early 1970s with the short stories. They were published in The Western Humanities Review, Ninth Letter, the Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. In 1976, her first book of was published, Distortions, and her first novel, Chilly Scenes of Winter, was later made into a film.
A Wonderful Stroke Of Luck Summary
A razor-sharp, intensely felt new novel about the complex connection among a charismatic teacher and his students. The secrets we keep from those whom we love.
As a part of the Honor Society at her Academy, which is one of the most esteemed boarding schools in the country, she falls under the tutelage of Pierre LaVerdere. A sparkling, enigmatic teacher who instructs his charges on how to discuss existing events. How to think about art and literature, and how to form opinions for themselves. Ben develops close friendships with LaVerdere’s other followers. And as the years go by the legacy of their teacher, his words remain strong. As Ben moves on, first to college and then to the commotion of post-grad life in New York City, he comes to feel the pace of his life accelerating. His relationships were a clutter, and his career plans were in a constant state of flux. What did Bailey really teach him?
After his father dies, Ben develops an oddly close, yet stressed intimacy with his stepmother and also tries to recover what he can of his relationship with his sister. A move upstate offers only temporary interval from his anxieties about work and romance. When LaVerdere returns to Ben’s life, everything Ben once thought he knew about the man and about himself is called into query. A Wonderful Stroke of Luck is an enthusiastically observed work of fiction. It also shows one of the most iconic writers of our time, once again an astute chronicler of her generation’s doubt and sometimes strange ambitions.
4.5 out of 5