In the novel Penguin Luck, Doreen Lowe is a young, sophisticated junior associate in a small Manhattan law firm that primarily serves the lower echelons of society. Regularly visited by three ghosts, Doreen is forced to listen to their pleas that she “carry on for them”- after the Holocaust- all while balancing the demands of her career and personal life.
After Doreen marries a banker with an entrepreneurial spirit, he achieves his dream of establishing a telecommunications company. Within a few years, Doreen is serving as the company’s legal counsel while simultaneously raising a son, but is still being tormented by her spirits. As the young couple rides out the tech boom of the late 1990s, Doreen must reconcile her unorthodox personal choices with her widowed father, her friends, and her large conscience.
Penguin Luck is a compelling tale about one woman’s emotional journey as she learns to cope with a burdensome family history, a trio of determined ghosts, and the power of luck.
Penguin Luck isn’t the typical book I would normally read. Usually if it doesn’t have murder and mystery in it somewhere, I am not interested within a few pages.
Fortunately, that was not the case with Penguin Luck. Kay Mupetson did such an amazing job in telling the story, that I was hooked within the first few pages. I got entangled in Doreen’s life as Kay told all about the happenings, the friendships and the family history of her family. I was actually surprised to learn few things in Penguin Luck that I have never known either. I guess I should have payed more attention to history.
I enjoyed Penguin Luck and would recommend it to anyone, even if that’s not your usual type of read.
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