It's June of 1990, all hell's breaking loose on Hunter Olive's tobacco farm, and his son Mike wants to keep it that way. The farmer's twenty-year-old son has come back for the summer with fourteen college friends and a mission to fight for Jackson Country's newest residents: the Mexican migrant workers pouring into North Carolina for the first time. Even as Mike pressures his own father for change and jabs accusatory fingers at his neighbors, a childhood rival and an intense love affair quickly jeopardize his best intensions, bringing hot days and nights to a violent, sudden boil. Eric B. Martin's sweeping and highly praised debut of young love and family feuds lays bare the new race and class wars of a swiftly-changing South. By turns lyrical and brutal, Luck echoes with the voices of unexpected characters: the self-assured musings of Hermelinda Salmeron; local wiseguy Harvey Dickerson philosophizing from beyond the grave; and a chorus of the county's consciousness at Eddie's Bar-N-Q.
Eric gives an overview of the book:
There is bad luck, and then there is bad luck: luck so bad it borders on the riotous, luck so bad it throws its recipients into a convulsive laughter from which they cannot escape, luck so bad that words and language fail us and the breath escape our bodies noisily and unordered. Luck that bad doesn't come around often; Harvey Dickerson would have siad that when it did, "you just gonna sit back and appreciate it on its merits." In the end, when Harvey met his own piece of this dark luck, he didn't have time to sit back, appreciate, or anything. He lost consciousness very quickly and lived only a few animal moments before bleeding to death on the hot pavement in front of Michael Olive's childhood home.
Eric B. Martin is a novelist, author of four books including Donald, The Virgin's Guide to Mexico and Winners, which was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Michener Fellow, an American Short Fiction...
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