Lucky, by Kathryn Para, is an unflinching novel set in the Middle East and Canada. It tells the story of Anika Lund, an ambitious Canadian freelance war photographer seeking to photograph an infamous terrorist, and her best friend and translator, Viva, whose husband disappeared in Syria. In the fall of 2004, they gain access to Iraqi resistance fighters, and entrance to the broken city of Fallujah, igniting a series of terrifying events. When Anika comes face to face with Zayid, the charismatic and violent Al-Qaeda extremist she's been seeking, things turn tragic. Once freed and back home in Vancouver, Anika suffers the effects of post-traumatic stress and wrestles with lingering questions about what really happened. Lucky explores the ideas of war as news entertainment for the West, the price paid by journalists and the moral dilemmas of love and conflict.