The Lucky Ones

Julianne Pachico

A haunting debut collection of stories from the extraordinarily talented new writer, Julianne Pachico

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Set mostly in lush, heady Colombia but even in a jungle-like New York City, they yoke together the fates of guerrilla soldiers, rich kids, rabbits, hostages, bourgeois expats, and drug dealers.

Interconnected yet fractured in places, the result is a narrative jigsaw puzzle with some of the pieces missing, or a kaleidoscope where different characters spin into focus as they take turns to come into focus. Her characters‚Äô voices are completely haunting ‚Äď and Pachico‚Äôs playfulness with language and mastery of consciousness create a mesmerising collective atmosphere in this collection.

At once terse and tender, with a manic, crazed energy, these stories will scalpel their way into your memory.

Critic Reviews

Julianne Pachico takes a hammer and brings it down on the superficial gloss of history, piecing the fragments into a kaleidoscopic collage that tells a deeply observed, stylistically adventurous and emotionally riveting story of people caught up in the violence of Colombia's guerrilla insurgencies. Moving effortlessly between the surreal and the real, sometimes in the space of a single sentence, Pachico delivers one of the most original and mesmerizing debuts in years.

Marisa Silver, film director and author of Babe in Paradise
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The volatile, concentrated world of Julianne Pachico’s stories immediately surrounds the reader. We are compelled to follow her deep into the fears, fantasies and denials of her characters, whose susceptibilities we must recognise as our own.

Lavinia Greenlaw
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Innovative and arresting . . . Each story in this dazzling collection is filled with snarling prose and bravura narrative moves: astonishing jump cuts, thrilling imaginative flights, sudden stabs of surrealism.

Sunday Times
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Astounding . . . just breathtaking: bizarre, beautiful, and brutal. And funny! Funny in a dark and lovely way. And completely compelling. I could not put it down.

The Pool

Julianne Pachico was born in 1985 in Cambridge, ¬≠England. She grew up in Cali, Colombia, and has lived and worked abroad in various places, including Ecuador, Mexico and Indonesia. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA. In 2015 she was long¬≠listed for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and had two stories anthologized…

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