Guest: Kristyn Kusek Lewis

There is a moment in How Lucky You Are when Waverly, the main character, thinks back to the time, five years earlier, when she was getting ready to open her bakery. She’s remembering a very specific moment, well past midnight, when she and Larry, her longtime boyfriend, were installing light fixtures in the space. As is typical of her, Waverly was in the throes of a major anxiety attack over the bakery’s grand opening. Larry is standing up on a ladder, and she’s on the floor beside him, the “What if’s” exploding from her mouth rapid fire: What if we don’t get the stereo installed in time? What if customers don’t like having to bus their own tables? What if serving fruit salad with the sandwiches isn’t enough? Larry looks at her, steps down from the ladder, turns up the blues station on the small radio they’ve brought with them, and pulls her in to dance. He sings along softly to the song that’s playing—“You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had” by Muddy Waters.

Waverly, in her heart, is a nurturer. She likes to create an environment that makes other people feel loved and cared for, and part of the way that she does that is through the music she plays, which I very deliberately included in scenes in my book. And, like in the instance above, many of the memories she flashes back to in the novel recount the music that was playing at the time.

The playlist below is comprised of songs that show up in How Lucky You Are. I’ll admit, I actually can’t stand a couple of these tracks (can you guess which ones?), but each felt like the perfect choice for the scenes in which they appear. Enjoy!



About Kristyn

Kristyn Kusek Lewis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked in magazines for over 15 years. She has written for the New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Glamour, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Self, More, and Redbook, among other publications.




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  1. Maria D. says:

    I’m not sure which songs you didn’t like but I have at least heard most of these songs…lol…
    How Lucky You Are sounds like a really good book. Congratulations on it’s release!

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