Hard luck centers on a young woman waiting for her hospitalized sister to pass away. Her parents, the fiance of the sister and his brother keep rotating vigil at her bedside. The finance is not faithful in his attendance in the bed side and is dispised by the ill girls parents and sister. His brother actually shows much more concern for the young woman than her fiance does. The sister begins to feel an attraction to him but she does not know if it is just based on her growing feeling of loneliness and her admiration for the good character of the brother. In her mind, she knows once the sister is lost the brother of the boyfriend will leave her life also. The feelings in this work are below the surface. Anger at the boyfriend is displaced anger over the young death of the sister and daughter.
A feeling of sadness, of course, permeates this work. We sense everyone will go on after the woman in the hospital is gone but no one will be quite the same.
The sky is high and lonely and makes me feel alone.
Death is present in every aspect of life.
This is also a book about families, the ones we are born with and the ones we create.