Dear Lucy

Julie Sarkissian. Simon & Schuster, $25 (272p) ISBN 978-1-4516-2572-1
Lucy, the developmentally disabled title character of Sarkassian's captivating debut, narrates in a distinct voice that will hold up to the inevitable comparisons to Room and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. With her captivating personality and peculiar opinions, Lucy guides the reader through a twisting plot she too is struggling to understand. Sent by her selfish mother to live on a chicken farm run by a couple known only as Mister and Missus, Lucy's closest companion is Samantha, a young pregnant girl whose family has also sent her away. Missus and Samantha take brief turns narrating, revealing parts of the story hidden from Lucy, including that Samantha will give up her baby to Missus and Mister whose own pregnant daughter disappeared. But after the child is born, Samantha finds herself unwilling to give it up, especially when she discovers the truth about the couple's original daughter. Determined to reunite Samantha with her child as she longs to be reunited with her own mother, Lucy sets out on a meandering quest with a fanciful spirit guide in the form of a baby chick. The three narrators' vastly different beliefs about motherhood are touching and often painful, and Lucy's charm makes the story's inherent darkness easier to bear. Agent: Judy Heiblum, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/08/2013
Release date: 04/23/2013
Paperback - 340 pages - 978-1-4516-2573-8
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