San Francisco author Patrick Brandt’s debut novel, Best Luck Day, is a self-published surprise. It’s something of a rough diamond – presented on the page a bit more haphazardly than your average offering from a major publishing house, but with an engaging story to tell nonetheless.
Brandt’s story flits between eras and locales, but the focus remains on one Levi Schwartz throughout. When we meet him in the novel’s dramatic opening pages, Schwartz lies bleeding and dazed, having just been hit by a car. He’s living in San Francisco and is HIV-positive. Through a series of flashbacks and time jumps throughout the novel, we learn about how Levi arrived at his current state – from his difficult family life as one of ten siblings to his early sexual misadventures as a young man. It may sound like serious reading, but Brandt imbues his story with welcome touches of humour and lashings of sex, making it a touching, enjoyable journey.
Best Luck Day is available via Amazon. bestluckday.wordpress.com

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