Better Luck Next Time (Compact Disc)

Staff Reviews

Charming and heartwarming without being saccharine or twee. A semi-comedic novel set on a Reno, NV dude ranch for soon-to-be divorcees in the 1930s. If you enjoyed George Cukor’s classic movie “The Women”, this book is for you. 

— Jeremy P. -- Director of Buying

This book was so much fun to read! Called a feel-good literary western, Better Luck Next Time takes you to a 1930’s divorce ranch in Reno, Nevada where an eclectic group of characters learns about life and love with heart and humor. 

— Kathy -- Adult Frontlist Buyer

January 2021 Indie Next List

“Johnson’s latest novel has all the heart and soul fans of Be Frank With Me enjoyed, coupled with a retro setting at a divorce ranch in Reno during the Great Depression. Funny? Check. Heartwarming? Check. A rollicking, all-round good read? Check! Do yourself a favor and read it. Then share it with someone you love.”
— Susan Taylor, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY


Do you want to read something funny? Let's say, a novel set at a divorce ranch in Reno in the 1930s? A book with memorably eccentric characters, sparkling dialogue, a satisfying plot twist, and some romance and sex? A feel-good literary comedy/western? Here it is, then, the book you've been looking for: Julia Claiborne Johnson's Better Luck Next Time.--Julie Schumacher, author of Dear Committee Members and The Shakespeare Requirement

The long anticipated second novel from the bestselling author of Be Frank with Me, a charming story of endings, new beginnings, and the complexities and complications of friendship and love, set in late 1930s Reno.

It's 1938 and women seeking a quick, no-questions split from their husbands head to the "divorce capital of the world," Reno, Nevada. There's one catch: they have to wait six-weeks to become "residents." Many of these wealthy, soon-to-be divorcees flock to the Flying Leap, a dude ranch that caters to their every need.

Twenty-four-year-old Ward spent one year at Yale before his family lost everything in the Great Depression; now he's earning an honest living as a ranch hand at the Flying Leap. Admired for his dashing good looks--"Cary Grant in cowboy boots"--Ward thinks he's got the Flying Leap's clients all figured out. But two new guests are about to upend everything he thinks he knows: Nina, a St Louis heiress and amateur pilot back for her third divorce, and Emily, whose bravest moment in life was leaving her cheating husband back in San Francisco and driving herself to Reno.

A novel about divorce, marriage, and everything that comes in between (money, class, ambition, and opportunity), Better Luck Next Time is a hilarious yet poignant examination of the ways friendship can save us, love can destroy us, and the family we create can be stronger than the family we come from.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781799947103
ISBN-10: 1799947106
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 5th, 2021
Language: English