- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451625723
- ISBN-13: 978-1451625721
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,120,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Lucy: A Novel Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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Sarkissian’s bold debut novel features a unique protagonist, the affectionate and eccentric Lucy, a mentally challenged young girl sent to live on a farm after her mother is no longer able to care for her. Also living there is Samantha, a pregnant teenager who takes Lucy under her wing while Lucy waits to be reunited with her mother. Lucy is eager to please those around her and is fascinated with the idea of family, particularly with her hope of seeing Samantha together with the father of her baby. But Samantha has promised the baby to the farm’s owners, known as Mister and Missus. Interjections of Missus’ first-person narration slowly reveal a tormented past involving the loss of her adopted daughter years earlier. When the baby is born and Samantha has a change of heart, Lucy takes off on an unexpected journey to fulfill a promise to Samantha. Lucy’s dazzling stream of consciousness is heightened with elements of fantasy—she is accompanied and guided by a talking pet chicken—while Sarkissian tenderly depicts her characters’ frailties, fears, and desires. --Leah Strauss
“Dear Lucy introduces a young writer with a most original voice and a tenderly eccentric vision. Julie Sarkissian has created a boldly lyrical, suspenseful, and mysterious fictional world in this striking debut novel.” (Joyce Carol Oates)
“[A] captivating debut . . . a distinct voice that will hold up to the inevitable comparisons to Room and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” (PublishersWeekly.com)
"A childlike female narrator—strange but full of naïve wonder . . . comes of age in a timeless story of motherhood, family, and loss in rural America. . . . Heightened realism that mingles easily with flights of occasional fantasy." (WMagazine.com)
"A quirky but captivating debut." (Good Housekeeping)
“Sarkissian is a fine prose stylist, and the three voices in the novel are distinct. Her writing manages to be poetic without ever veering off into preciousness.” (AVClub.com)
“Every once and a while a new voice comes along that is so beautifully different from anything you've read before that it is hard to even dream up where it came from. Such is the voice of Lucy the title character in Julie Sarkissian's debut novel, Dear Lucy . . . Written in poetic prose, the novel's language sweeps you up from the first pages . . . Mysterious and haunting.” (PolicyMic.com)
An ambitious debut expresses different versions of maternal need through three female voices . . . a struggle for comprehension, memory and expression, lit with shafts of insight and fantasy. (Kirkus Reviews)
“Sarkissian’s bold debut novel features a unique protagonist . . . [her] dazzling stream of consciousness is heightened with elements of fantasy—she is accompanied and guided by a talking pet chicken—while Sarkissian tenderly depicts her characters’ frailties, fears, and desires.” (Booklist)
“An ambitious, complex novel offering themes about the fragility of life, love and being loved.” (ShelfAwareness.com)
“Julie Sarkissian has written the most original and stunning debut novel I have read in a long time. Dear Lucy is one of those rare delights that you cannot put down, and once you do, you can’t forget.” (Ann Hood New York Times bestselling author of The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle)
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So beautifully written. I felt like each word was carefully chosen. The author reveals just enough about the characters and situations to tell the story well, and keep it concise. It left me wanting more. I will definitely be reading this one again!
Living on the farm is Samantha that has a baby inside her, and she loves Lucy. The author leads us slowly that something is "off". In alternating chapters the stories unroll. The writing is deft and the voices of Lucy and those around her add authenticity and depth to the story. The difficult musings of Lucy's thoughts are portrayed without reverting to cutesy or condensation. It is a lucid lovely book. And I still hope I am a person who would be able to see for the luminous creature she is if I were to meet her in real life, and I am sure I will never know for sure.
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