What is it like to be: Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

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This is a beautiful novel about the hardest of times. Readers follow Lucy as she slowly comes to understand the magnitude and tragedy of the Covid epidemic.

This quote brings things into focus and puts the reader firmly in Lucy’s world:

Here is what I did not know that morning in March. I did not know that I would never see my apartment again. I did not know that one of my friends and a family member would die of this virus. I did not know that my relationship with my daughters would change in way I could never had anticipated. I did not know that my entire life would become something new.

Strout’s writing is so effective. Like Hemingway, she knows the value of some unembellished prose. This matter of fact style makes the awfulness of Covid even more acute.

Strout has written many novels. I have not read them all. However, I did recognize characters in this story from those that I had read. This, to me, adds to the sense of a universe populated by folks that I feel I know.

I recommend this book about Lucy, William and those around her as they spend time in Maine. It is impactful with tragedy, relationships and the need for resilience.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for this title. All opinions are my own.

Pub date: 20 September 2022

From the Publisher

A story about the deep human connections that unite us even when we’re apart
The New Yorker says Strout animates the ordinary with an astonishing forceAnn Patchett says Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writersThe New York Times says Strout injects sneaky subterranean power into seemingly transparent prose
The Boston Globe says I didn’t just love Lucy by the Sea; I needed itPeople says breathtakingly satisfying Portland Press Herald says triumphant and hopeful
The New Yorker says it is meant to feel like life . . . but it is art

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