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Dear Lucy: A Novel Hardcover – April 23, 2013
“[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)
“Dear Lucy is about keeping promises against huge odds. This gorgeous novel does exactly that: the opening pages promise transcendent writing, remarkable characters, and a slowly unfolding mystery. But what happened and why is only part of what keeps you reading . . . Both whimsical and profound, Dear Lucy wins your heart on the very first page and delivers it back, fuller and slightly cracked, on the last.” (Charlotte Rogan New York Times bestselling author of The Lifeboat)
"In Dear Lucy, Julie Sarkissian has accomplished what many veteran novelists never achieve: a startlingly original work that is also profound and wise in the vagaries of the heart. What an amazing debut." (Ron Rash New York Times bestselling author of Serena and The Cove)
"Julie Sarkissian has written a rare and precious novel - moving, captivating, and expertly written in a voice unlike any other. Dear Lucy is full of characters who are heartbreakingly human; full of hope, desperation, love and joy. You’ll want to linger over the poetry of each and every sentence, but the foreboding mystery looming on the horizon will keep you turning the pages of this hauntingly beautiful book." (Haley Tanner author of Vaclav and Lena)
“Hypnotic and mesmerizing. This is gothic noir that is full of heart and pathos. Lucy’s lyric voice comes barreling off the page, and you will be utterly transfixed by the twists and turns of her journey. Sarkissian is a brilliant young writer who has written one of the most memorable debut novels in recent years.” (Gabe Hudson author of Dear Mr. President)
“A story told in voices, all of which have compelling power.” (The Irish Examiner)
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Dear Lucy is a story told in a series of first-person narratives, primarily from three characters: Lucy, a developmentally challenged teenager who is sent to live on a farm when her mother finds her overwhelming; Samantha, a pregnant teen with few confidants; and Missus, one half of the mysterious couple who runs the farm. Each character tells her version of events, but each has difficulty judging her situation objectively (don't we all?).
I fell in love with the character of Lucy instantly. She is sweet and sincere and her narrative voice is fully realized and believable. The comparisons to Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are warranted. As Lucy struggles to please the people in her life, the reader is able to decode the signals that Lucy isn't. Namely, that her mother ("Mum mum") may not be up to the task of raising a child--with or without special needs--that Samantha isn't being completely honest with her about the father of her baby, and that Lucy's trust in people is often misplaced. In fact, Lucy's naïveté often made me feel tense as I was reading, so convinced was I that something awful was bound to happen to her at any moment.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read the review by Sara Lippmann. She succinctly describes what is frustrating about this novel. There certainly are beautifully written lyrical lines demonstrating insight and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by joanna duda
It's ok, I read it in my book club. It's just not my kind of book.Published 21 months ago by Carole Hickman
I was very impressed with Dear Lucy. Julie takes us on quite a ride and develops unique, interesting and challenging characters that make us think about what it means to care for... Read morePublished on February 27, 2014 by David Fitzpatrick
This novel left me with mixed feelings. Although I finished it a couple of days ago, I have sat with it, mulled it over before putting fingertip to touchpad and providing my... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Tusi Aulelei
This book was not good from page one. It didn't make sense and the story could have been told in 10 short pages. Also the ending was not compete. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Lucia
This book is so well written. I loved the voice of Lucy. It was interesting being inside the head of this special needs child with a full-grown body. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Reflection
I found nothing of value to be learned from this book. I doubt such people exist.
It was interesting to try to figure out the author's intent and purpose. Read more
I read a short review in Good Housekeeping it would be a good summer read. It went quickly but the content was just a bit on the creepy side as far as family relations.Published on July 29, 2013 by Arti Anne