“A compact, brutal story of losing power and creating community . . . So Lucky is beautifully written, with a flexible, efficient precision that embodies the protagonist’s voice and character.” ― Amal El-Mohtar, The New York Times Book Review

A short, fast-paced whirlwind of a novel… Spine tingling and in places downright terrifying.” — Yas Necati, Independent

“With great insight and power, Griffith chronicles one woman’s fight… [and] the plot twists into a sophisticated thriller.” — Jane Ciabattari, BBC Culture

“[D]isorienting, destabilizing, and game-changing. I have never read anything like it.” — Riva Lehrer, award-winning artist, and author of Golem Girl

Successfully disguised as a page-turning thriller, So Lucky is also a deep meditation on marginalization, vulnerability, and resistance.” — Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Explosive, tightly plotted…brutal, unsparing… It is full of power and healing, like a forest fire that will burn every single thing to the ground to make way for new growth.” — Joanne Rixon, Seattle Times

A disconcerting but very necessary book.” — Dana Hansen, Chicago Review of Books

“This swift, luminescent novel casts a shard of light onto the mind of a woman whose life is collapsing.” — John Freeman, Boston Globe

“A terse and brutally urgent novel, So Lucky is a reminder that Griffith is one of the most important writers working today.” — Kaite Welsh, DIVA

“Griffith examines the impact that fear of the outside world and internal disintegration can have those who only know themselves through strength.” ― Erin Vanderhoof, Vanity Fair

So Lucky is a boundless, fearless animal of a novel. It’s structurally ingenious and beautifully written, thrumming with breathtaking sentences that evoke in us a sense of deep empathy.” ― Sharma Shields, Cascadia

Feminist fiction at its best: powerful storytelling informed by politics with a memorable plot and protagonist. This thriller is a fantastic afternoon readand once you pick it up, you’ll read all the way to the end.” ― Julie Enszer, Ms. Magazine

“This fierce novel is an unflinching look at how terribly chronically ill and disabled people are treated as well as a declaration of self-love and hope.” ― Casey, Autostraddle

[C]ompelling reading, a tour de force … It is intense, sad, and dramatic, combining mystery, romance, terror, and hope.” — Steven E. Brown, Co-Founder: Institute on Disability Culture, and author of Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars

So Lucky fires a gritty, scary, wrathful, sometimes blisteringly funny broadside at the monsters of ableist culture.” — Maria Dahvana Headley, author of The Mere Wife

So Lucky is somehow both a tense psychological thriller and a subtle character portrait… Nicola Griffith is an essential writer, and here she is at her most personal, political, and perfectly unputdownable.” — Robin Sloan, author of Sourdough

This angry, funny, cleverly-written piece … ushers in a new wave of disability story.”  — Susan Nussbaum, author of Good Kings, Bad Kings

Griffith’s lean, taut prose…transforms So Lucky into a story about what we all share: an unpredictable life filled with vulnerability and need for community.” — Kenny Fries, author of In the Province of the Gods

“This book is a body-slam of empowerment, a roar of frustration so sustained and compelling that it cannot be ignored […] a tough, accomplished novel, a book that readers didn’t know they needed.” — Katharine Coldiron, Arts Fuse

“The nuances of disability feel more real than anything I’ve read … It is real and raw. Griffith doesn’t pull any punches just to seem more approachable for a nondisabled reader and even among what little fiction writing about disability by disabled writers there is, this is still a rarity.” — Kim Sauder, Crippled Scholar

So Lucky is unlike any other book I’ve ever read.” — Casey Stepaniuk, Bookriot

“It is a humane story, of bravery and coming to terms with the darkest parts of oneself.” — Martin McClellan, Seattle Review of Books

“The brilliance of So Lucky lies in the seamless merging of genres.” — David Perry, Pacific Stand

Searing…a fresh and powerful novel and antidote to the sense of victimhood.” ― Booklist

Refreshing as fuck.” ― Fangirlish

A tight page-turner on a shelf full of long, weepy struggles to overcome.” ― Evan Allgood, The Millions

Read So Lucky because there is nothing else like it.” ―  Emma Nichols, BookRiot

“Despite the exhilarationGriffith’s tale is a verbal switchblade.” ―  Peter Wong, BeyondChron

“A tale about the testing of an individual. Griffith’s stark, dramatic style is perfectly suited to the story of a woman [that’s] as fast-paced and engaging as a thriller.” ―  Jean Roberta, The Gay & Lesbian Review

“Nicola Griffith’s So Lucky is incandescent genius.” ― Shouting About Queer SF



  • Winner, Washington State Book Award, Fiction
  • American Library Association Over the Rainbow Booklist
  • PNBA Book Awards, shortlist
  • Tournament of Books, shortlist
  • Best Book of 2018, Autostraddle
  • Book of the Month, Diva Magazine
  • Boston Globe Best Book of 2018
  • Advocate Best Book of 2018