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Lucy by the sea
Lucy by the sea
Author: Strout, Elizabeth
Publication year: 2022
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Classification: AF
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780241606995 0241606993
In March 2020 Lucy's ex-husband William pleads with her to leave New York and escape to a coastal house he has rented in Maine. Lucy reluctantly agrees, leaving the washing-up in the sink, expecting to be back in a week or two. Weeks turn into months, and it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the sea. Rich with empathy and a searing clarity, Lucy by the Sea evokes the fragility and uncertainty of the recent past, as well as the possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this miraculous novel are the deep human connections that sustain us, even as the world seems to be falling apart.
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What a marvellous novel. It's about Covid; it's about love, marriage and family; it's about a divided America; but above all, it's about people - people's strengths and weaknesses, hopes, fears and insecurities; everyday triumphs and tragedies. Strout has an uncanny knack of getting inside her characters' heads and revealing their true humanity. It is a book full of love and compassion. Highly recommended - as is everything else she has written. Such a wonderful writer.

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