Knopf to Publish New Novel by Helen Schulman ’86

Jessie Shohfi
May 11, 2023

Lucky Dogs, a new novel from alumna Helen Schulman ’86, is coming soon from Knopf. 

Schulman’s novel begins on a warm night in Paris, when two women happen to meet while waiting in line for ice cream. A seedy man threatens them, and in defending themselves, they tie their fates together. Meredith, an American television star, and Nina, head of a company dedicated to uplifting women’s voices, are thrust into a sisterhood with unexpected consequences. Through shifting perspectives and unknowable alliances, Schulman crafts an artistic exploration of betrayal and connection.

The novel is already garnering acclaim from reviewers. Publishers Weekly writes, “Meredith and Nina’s intriguing relationship will keep readers on the hook as it evolves and leads to a surprising outcome. This packs plenty of punch.”

Acclaimed author Jennifer Egan also praised the novel, saying, "Part thriller, part Hollywood satire, Lucky Dogs is a brash, sometimes heartbreaking saga in which trauma and self-preservation converge across decades and continents. This is Helen Schulman's best novel yet."

Lucky Dogs will be released on June 6, and is available for preorder here

Helen Schulman is the New York Times best-selling author of six novels, including Come with Me and This Beautiful Life. Schulman has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Sundance, Aspen Words, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.