Fortunate, an action-packed thriller by Toronto writer Marissa Stapley, is the latest book to be anointed by producer, actress and book lover Reese Witherspoon.
Fortunate is December’s pick for Reese’s Book Club, a monthly program where Witherspoon highlights a book focused on female characters.
Fortunate follows an abandoned con artist named Lucky Armstrong who is on the loose after a heist goes wrong. She has a winning lottery ticket that could save her for life, but no way to cash it without authorities tracking her down.
âIt’s such an electric story about an unconventional heroine,â Witherspoon said in a press release.
“I loved all the twists and turns of this adventure, not knowing where Lucky was going to end up next.”
In a CBC interview The next chapter, Stapley said she was inspired to write the book after hearing radio figures speculate on an unclaimed lottery ticket.
“One of the advertisers said sometimes people don’t show up because they had to remain anonymous for various reasons, or because they were wanted by the police,” Stapley said.
“I couldn’t get this out of my head. I’m always looking for a good story.”
TV rights of Fortunate were picked up by ABC Disney Studios and Carlton Cuse in March.
Stapley is also the author of romances, thrillers and romantic comedies, such as the books Mating For Life, Things to do when it rains, The last resort and, more recently, Vacation exchange, which was co-written by Karma Brown under the pseudonym Maggie Knox.
LISTEN | Marissa Stapley discusses Lucky in The Next Chapter:
The next chapter16:52Marissa Stapley on Lucky
Witherspoon’s reputation as a maker of book tastes grew with each of her successful film and television adaptations, producing Missing girl from the novel by Gillian Flynn, then produce and star in an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Savage. His performance in Savage was nominated for an Oscar.
She continues with two acclaimed series, adapted from the film by Liane Moriarty Big little lies and Celeste Ng Small fires everywhere.
Previous books featured on Reese’s Book Club include The island of missing trees by Elif Shafak, Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo, Daughter of the fire keeper by Angeline Boulley and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Fortunate Publisher Simon & Schuster says the book is the first Canadian title to be selected for the Reese’s Book Club.
The Reese’s Book Club has regularly selected books since May 2017. Witherspoon has already recommended Wonder by Emma Donoguhe from London, Ont., but it was not an official choice of the club.