Lucky Everyday: A Novel

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An inspiring novel about a women named Lucky who is anything but . . .

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 ...

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Overview

An inspiring novel about a women named Lucky who is anything but . . .

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Lucky Boyce flees to New York from Bombay after the breakup of her disastrous marriage to a glamorous but controlling husband in Indian author Jain's overstuffed novel. Lucky's lost her status, her self-confidence and her business; struggling to find a purpose in all this through yoga and meditation, she volunteers to teach yoga at the local prison. She soon runs into an old flame, now married but still in love with her, and an opportunity to turn a former business rival into an ally. As she moves toward enlightenment, Lucky's thwarted by ever more bizarre roadblocks: she is mugged, framed for murder, robbed, gets pregnant, ad infinitum, all interspersed with descriptions of visions and prophetic dreams, putting her somewhere between Job and Bridget Jones. Though Lucky herself is a fully imagined, flawed but endearing character, the constant reliance on luck to shape the plot combined with a disappointing ending make this a mediocre read at best. (June)

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This debut novel (originally published in India as The Blind Pilgrim) sneaks up on readers and pulls them in. We first meet Lucky Boyce when she is being driven into a prison, where she volunteers to teach yoga to male inmates. Her life had been turned upside down by divorce and the loss of her job, but Lucky is determined to survive. Forced to leave Bombay, she finds herself living with friends of her parents in New York and wanting to move on. Initially, Lucky volunteers at the prison in order to escape her own pain. But she finds the inmates teaching her about life as much, if not more, as she teaches them. Is it a coincidence that odd things start to happen as Lucky becomes more confident? Odd things like murder and people disappearing? Readers will identify with Lucky as she looks within herself for strength. VERDICT How lucky to review a book that is so refreshing and thought-provoking! This novel took ten years to write, and readers will appreciate Jain's sticking with it. Highly recommended for those who enjoy first novels and contemporary Indian fiction.—Marika Zemke, Commerce Twp. Community Lib., MI


—Marika Zemke
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143115359
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,036,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to writing, Bapsy Jain is an entrepreneur and educator. She divides her time between Singapore, Dubai, and Bombay. She is married with two sons.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    A very good read.

    Lucky Every Day is the story of an ambitious young woman who learns some hard lessons about life. While sold by Penguin as a primarily young women's fiction, there is a whole lot more to this book. The main character, Lucky Boyce, moves from young Bombay socialite to New York busineswoman to someone teaching yoga in prison. And though it begins with her rich and powerful friends, she is gradually surrounded by a cast of characters including former business rivals, shady cops, paroled convicts, a nerdy ex-lover, and an old Indian woman who becomes her "guide." And out of this tangled mess Lucky must not only absolve herself from murder charges, but must sort out what is of value in real life from what is not. A mystery, a coming-of-age novel, a spiritual journey, all rolled into one. Can you do a one-handed push up? And would you like dessert with that? A really good novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2010

    Compelling, motivational, spiritual, lovely...

    Lucky never steps back. She is a contemporary character who lives through struggles familiar to all of us by using universal spirituality.
    The book is entertaining yet dramatic, fiction yet real...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2009

    LOVED IT!!

    This book was awesome it is definitely great to read something different. If you are looking for something new this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    A FASCINATING BOOK WITH DEEP SYMBOLISM AND LESSONS FOR LIFE

    THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ. YOU ENTER THE MOST UNEXPECTED WORLD OF SPIRITUALITY IN A PURE FORM, COMMON TO ALL HUMANITY. THE LESSONS LUCKY TEACHES TRANSFORM US. WE CAN CHOOSE TO BE BOUND BY THE PRISON OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES OR WE CAN SEEK OUT OUR ULTIMATE POTENTIAL GOODNESS. LUCKY SHOWS THE LATTER PATH. THE AUTHOR DOES AN AMAZING JOB OF WEAVING A DEPTH OF SPIRITUAL LESSONS INTO A CAPTIVATING STORY WHICH YOU CAN'T PUT DOWN, FROM BEGINNING TO THE UNEXPECTED END

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

    Page turner

    A novel to be read over again as it is symbolic and deals with current issues.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

    It is a wonderful story.

    This book is about a normal girl who goes for the good life -- and
    realizes that the good life may not be the best option. Her ensuing
    struggles, triumphs, and overall journey illustrate that everything
    that happens to us has a reason, and even if it seems bad on the
    surface, it's a good thing when we look at it the right way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    Loved it

    I loved Lucky Everyday's beautifully detailed character descriptions,
    and hope to see it as a movie sometime. I think the ending would work
    especially well for that medium.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    A spiritual journey of reinventing yourself...

    "Lucky Everyday," an inspiring novel, captures the human spirit's ability to adjust to challenging twists that life often throws our way. The visual descriptions of East meets West take readers on an introspective journey through the life of Lucky Boyce as she transitions from a professional working in New York to a wife of a wealthy Indian family to a divorced yoga teacher. Spiritual leaders, Yoga practitioners, and readers worldwide discover a new way of looking at the everyday and an inspiring reminder that love, anguish and spirituality apply in both turbulent and peaceful times.

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