Better Luck Next Time

A laugh-out~loud generational family comedy for those of us who have survived siblings, children, parents, and marriage

It isn’t easy being related to a feminist icon, especially when she’s celebrating the greatest moment of her storied career.

Just ask the daughters of Lydia Hennessey, who could have it all if only they’d stop self-destructing. Mariana, the eldest, is on the verge of throwing away a distinguished reputation in journalism, along with her marriage. Nina, the middle daughter, has returned from a medical mission overseas as a changed woman but won’t discuss it with anyone. And Beata, the youngest, has a hostile teenaged son who just discovered the existence of a father who didn’t know about him either. Meanwhile, their cousin Zoe is making divorce look like a death-match, while her brother Zack is grappling with the fallout from his popular television dramedy, based far too closely on Lydia herself.

It might be easier to find their paths if they could step out of Lydia’s shadow—but the biggest women’s march in history is underway, and Lydia and her family are at the centre of it.

Over the course of an eventful year, the Hennessey children contend with the big struggles of midlife: aging parents, raging teens, crumbling marriages and bodies, new loves and the choice between playing it safe or taking life-altering risks. And as they inch toward a new definition of happiness, they might even persuade their parents—and themselves—that they’re all grown up.

The TV and digital rights to BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME have been sold to Untitled Entertainment. For more about the deal, read here!


A hilarious, astute, and wonderfully heartwarming tale of a family juggling the complexities of divorce, independence, love, and loss. . . . Altogether a gem of a book. I loved it!

— Jennifer Robson, internationally bestselling author of The Gown

Compulsively readable and very, very funny. Better Luck Next Time is that rare novel that manages to capture the extraordinary in everyday life.

—Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha at Last

Kate Hilton has crafted a novel that will make you belly laugh, tug at your heartstrings, and fall in love with the Hennessey-Goldstein families.

—Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew

Hilton’s voice shines in this highly relatable exploration of women’s resilience in the face of betrayal and family strife.

—K.A.Tucker, internationally bestselling author of The Simple Wild

The wry, funny, and relatable family drama is a delicious comfort not unlike binging on your favourite show. It is exactly what we need right now.

—Laurie Petrou, author of Love, Heather

“A hilarious, captivating novel … If you’ve ever been part of a family, or wished perhaps you weren’t, you’ll adore this tender, wise novel about the ways that love imprisons and liberates.”

—Elizabeth Renzetti, author of Shrewed

A funny and charming exploration of modern love and family.

—Kerry Clare, author of Mitzi Bytes

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