A Lucky Man
- Finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction
Jamel Brinkley’s stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.
Jamel Brinkley appearing as part of Bay Area Book Festival
- “Each story is a trenchant exploration of race and class, vividly conveying the tension between social codes of masculinity and the vulnerable, volatile self.”—The New Yorker
- “[A Lucky Man] may include only nine stories, but in each of them, Brinkley gives us an entire world.”—NPR.org
- “The stories hit with a silent thunder that reverberates within you long after you’ve finished them.”—San Francisco Chronicle
- “Brinkley’s collection A Lucky Man, already creating waves within the literary sphere, manages to be simultaneously polemical and immersive, in a series of tenderly insightful studies of masculinity, race, and the scars of history.”—Entertainment Weekly
This book is made possible through a partnership with the College of Saint Benedict, and honors the legacy of S. Mariella Gable, a distinguished teacher at the College. Support has been provided by the Manitou Fund as part of the Warner Reading Program.