Lucy by the sea A novel

Elizabeth Strout

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"With her trademark spare, crystalline prose-a voice infused with "intimate, fragile, desperate humanness" (The Washington Post)-Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of the pandemic. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in M...aine by her ex-husband and longtime friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea. They will not emerge unscathed"--

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Series
Strout, Elizabeth. Amgash ; 4.
Subjects
Genres
Novels
Domestic fiction
Published
New York : Random House [2022]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
288 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780593446065
0593446062
Main Author
Elizabeth Strout (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Lucy Barton, star of several of Strout's previous novels, including Oh William! (2021), has weathered many crises in her life: an impoverished childhood, a turbulent relationship with her mother, infidelities, divorce, and, most recently, the death of her second husband. Now there's a new virus decimating her beloved Manhattan, but when her ex-husband, William, implores her to decamp with him to Maine, Lucy's not entirely sure why they must leave. Mired in a widow's fog, Lucy hasn't been keeping up with events, but William is a scientist and believes all the dire warnings. An old friend has found them a rental home on a secluded stretch of coastline, where Lucy and William take long walks, watch the crisis unfold nightly on TV, and fret about less-insulated family and friends. They delight in new relationships, most notably the rekindling of their own foundational love and support. All the angst of those early COVID-19 days crystallizes in Strout's spare but consequential prose: the precariousness and paranoia, the disorientation and despair. Once again, Strout's irrepressible heroine is as candid and self-aware as ever, her memories, regrets, and desires heightened by whatever improbable situation is at hand. In her certainty and delicacy, Strout has created the perfect pandemic novel, which is a strange sentiment, but true nonetheless.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: No way will Strout's ardent readers miss the latest installment in beloved Lucy Barton's gorgeously and sensitively rendered adventures. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Strout follows up Oh William! with a captivating entry in the Lucy Barton series. This time, Lucy decamps to rural Maine during the first year of the Covid lockdown. At the pandemic's onset in 2020, Lucy's philandering ex-husband and longtime friend, William, whisks her away from New York City to a rental house in coastal Maine. He may have self-centered ulterior motives beyond his assertion that he's trying to save her life, but they are not readily transparent for most of the narrative. Personal and public events intrude during the lockdown as the pair develop a "strange compatibility" while attempting to comprehend the new normal. Their two daughters each face a crisis in their marriage; William contacts his once unknown half sister, Lois Bubar, and reveals a life-threatening medical condition; and the country roils from George Floyd's murder and the insurrection on January 6. Bleak memories of Lucy's impoverished childhood and of her recently deceased husband surface in shattering flashbacks. Loneliness, grief, longing, and loss pervade intertwined family stories as Lucy and William attempt to create new friendships in an initially hostile town. What emerges is a prime testament to the characters' resilience. With Lucy Barton, Strout continues to draw from a deep well. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Agency. (Sept.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"With her trademark spare, crystalline prose-a voice infused with "intimate, fragile, desperate humanness" (The Washington Post)-Elizabeth Strout once again turns her exquisitely-tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, this time following theindomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William! through the early days of the pandemic. As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and longtime friend, William. For the next several months, it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea. They will not emerge unscathed"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Former married couple now lifelong friends, New Yorkers Lucy Barton and William, as a panicked world goes into lockdown, hunker down in a little house in Maine on the edge of the sea where they are faced with fear, struggles and isolation as well as hope, peace and possibilities.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout comes a poignant, pitch-perfect novel about a divorced couple stuck together during lockdown—and the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart.“No novelist working today has Strout’s extraordinary capacity for radical empathy. . . . May droves of readers come to feel enlarged, comforted, and genuinely uplifted by Lucy’s story.”—The Boston GlobeWith her trademark spare, crystalline prose—a voice infused with “intimate, fragile, desperate humanness” (The Washington Post)—Elizabeth Strout turns her exquisitely tuned eye to the inner workings of the human heart, following the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton through the early days of the pandemic.As a panicked world goes into lockdown, Lucy Barton is uprooted from her life in Manhattan and bundled away to a small town in Maine by her ex-husband and on-again, off-again friend, William. For the next several months, it’s just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the moody, swirling sea.Rich with empathy and emotion, Lucy by the Sea vividly captures the fear and struggles that come with isolation, as well as the hope, peace, and possibilities that those long, quiet days can inspire. At the heart of this story are the deep human connections that unite us even when we’re apart—the pain of a beloved daughter’s suffering, the emptiness that comes from the death of a loved one, the promise of a new friendship, and the comfort of an old, enduring love.