cover image Lucy


Jamaica Kincaid. Plume Books, $11.95 (176pp) ISBN 978-0-452-26677-3

Lucy, a teenager from the West Indies who has renounced her family and past, comes to America to work as an au pair and detachedly observes the deterioration of her employers' marriage. ``This is a slim book but Kincaid has crafted it with a spare elegance that has brilliance in its very simplicity,'' said PW. (Oct.)