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August Book of the Month: Luck is Just the Beginning

Luck is Just the Beginning by Celeste Leon

Luck is Just the Beginning by Celeste Leon


by Celeste Leon

Publisher: Floricanto Press

  • Publication Date: November 27, 2015
When nineteen-year-old Ramón León wins the Puerto Rican lottery, he believes his promise to establish the first dental and medical clinic in his village will be achievable. But a chain of catastrophic events intervenes. Luck is Just the Beginning is not only an enchanting story of the joys and sorrows of family, but also the saga of one man’s determination to see his dream through.

Celeste’s short storiesSharing Luck and A Lucky Man, were published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating People Who Make a difference, and and for The Preservation Foundation . Both stories are adaptations that ultimately grew into her novel.

Celeste was named “One of Ten Latina Writers to Watch and Read” by the Latina Book Club of New York and shortly thereafter they published this interview in honor of Women’s History Month (March): Beyond a Stroke of Luck: An Interview with Celeste León by Teresa Dovalpage.

C-Leon-1062PT-Portra-300x300Celeste is a 2013 alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. She is the recipient of First Prize in the annual contest for the High Sierra Writers group in Reno, Nevada for her essay, Finding Home, about her travels to Puerto Rico in search of her family roots. When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor read the piece, she said, “If your work on your short story reflects your work on your book, it will be successful.” The piece was also a finalist in the 2014 annual contest for The Preservation Foundation.

Celeste is a physical therapist and lives in Truckee, CA with her family.




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