Title: Lucky Everyday
Author: Bapsy Jain
Release Date: May 26, 2009
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Multicultural Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
From the back cover:
Forced to flee Bombay when her wealthy and charming husband divorces her and squashes her career, Lucky Boyce feels defeated and desperate for respite. Fortunately, old friends welcome her to New York where life begins with promise. Determined and trying to make a difference, she volunteers to teach yoga to prison inmates. But with her confidence in question and love starting to surface, a series of bizarre events leave Lucky searching once again for answers. Is her journey through life destined to be marred by duplicity and betrayal? Or does she simply need to overcome her fears and look within for the strength to break free? A stunning novel about one woman’s struggle toward enlightenment, Lucky Everyday blends the principles of yoga with a thoroughly modern take on the quest for a fulfilled life.
Lucky Everyday is an entertaining and well-written novel about an Indian girl living in New York City. She has faced some negative things in her life (namely a divorce from her unfaithful husband) and is trying to start over again, to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and rebuild it. Bapsy Jain’s novel is a great work of multicultural fiction that is completely unique and a joy to read.
I really loved the character of Lucky. She was incredibly strong and really tried to stand up for herself, even when she was scared. She faced a lot of adversity, but always managed to come out on top through sheer will. I loved how smart and savvy she was, as well as the way she was loyal to people and was willing to trust them. She was an inspiring character and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her in Lucky Everyday.
I enjoyed reading about Lucky going to the prison in order to teach yoga. I thought that was an incredible gesture, especially considering she was already having trouble with money. The experience was frightening at the beginning, yet she persevered and learned so much from it. She found a way to make the prisoners respect her. It was an impressive accomplishment that really endeared me to both the character and the novel.
One thing about Lucky Everyday that I wasn’t sure about is the sheer number of unfortunate things that happen to Lucky over the course of the book. It’s not exactly a long novel, yet it feels like one thing after another happens to her, to the point where it isn’t 100% realistic. If you can suspend your sense of disbelief and just go with the flow of the novel, this probably won’t bother you. But if you fixate on these occurrences, it will probably ruin Lucky Everyday for you.
I thought Lucky Everyday was a really creative and clever novel. Jain’s writing is clear and precise, and she tackles a lot of controversial issues within the pages of this book. I think any fan of contemporary or multicultural fiction would really enjoy this novel.