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Lucy: A Novel Paperback – September 4, 2002
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Until she was nineteen years old, Lucy Potter had not ventured from her own little world on the small island where she was born. Now she is living with a family and learning a culture that is very different from her own. Lewis and Mariah and their four daughters want Lucy to feel like she is part of the family but at first she finds it difficult to fit in. She just wants to do her duty and in her off-hours discovers a new world through her friend Peggy and sexuality through young men, Hugh and Paul.
Lucy often reflects on her life back on the island; the conflicts between she and her mother, and the British influence on the islanders. She remembers when she and her friends would read the Book of Revelations using the passages to terrify each other. She also remembers the time her mother showed her how to mix herbs that supposedly would cleanse a woman's womb but what they both knew was an abortion remedy. Lucy knows what is expected of her, to study for a respectable job like a nurse and to honor her family. She finds out that the tidy, neat world of the family she has come to love is not all it purports to be and how silence is a universal language.
Kincaid's language is outstanding in remembering her home; "the color of six o'clock in the evening" is just one example. It is well known that her writing draws from her life experiences as in The Autobiography of My Mother and My Brother and I look forward to her latest offering, Mr.Read more ›
Lucy has a sour personality that is surpirsingly delicate. The issues of finding oneself, the relationships between mother and daughter, and the liberation, or lack thereof, of a young woman in the late 1960s is explored in a an unassuming wisdom that is quiet yet poignant. The book is short and makes for a quick read but the topics discussed are timely and easily filled, at least, an hour of our meeting.
The book is sexy. Despite the sexual exploits of Lucy with males and a female, the book lacks the vulgarity prevalent in popular fiction today. The author is almost surgical with vocabulary and punctuation usage which makes for a delightful read whose beauty is either noticed instantly or comes to fruition like a sunrise when the words are fully reflected upon.
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Lucy is written with raw intentions. Kincaid, does a superb job with revealing the characters thoughts and emotions.Published 4 months ago by J. R. Randle
Lucy is a young girl from the Caribbean who travels to America in hopes of a better future. Upon arrival she finds a job that she likes, working for a family. Read morePublished 5 months ago by valenjeree94
Hard tone, smooth read. Empty feelings. Overall worthy time spent. Get a copy for yourself. It shall take no time at all to draw on the past of colonization.Published 9 months ago by Courtney
Short and sweet but could be more
Engrossing. Language flows but the
Plot is weak - I didn't like Lucy very much.
She is bitter/sweet.
One of the most annoying books I've ever read. The author is trying to tell us a very boring story about a disturbed Indian girl called Lucy and her sexual feelings and adventures. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lucie
A short but powerful read for this of us, especially, that have had to navigate various cultures and make peace with being daughters of our mothers.Published 18 months ago by Oluko
Interesting, captivating, realistic and unlike anything I have read before. Jamaica Kincaid has definitely created a genre for herself with this novel breaking all barriers of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rae