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Lucy: A Novel

Lucy: A Novel
Author: Jamaica Kincaid
ISBN 13: 9780374527358
ISBN 10: 374527350
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 2002-09-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $14.00

The coming-of-age story of one of Jamaica Kincaid's most admired creations—newly available in paperback

Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple—handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, alomst at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers' world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is.

At the same time that Lucy is coming to terms with Lewis's and Mariah's lives, she is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest. In Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new character possessed with adamantine clearsightedness and ferocious integrity—a captivating heroine for our time.

The Washington Post Book World - Susanna Moore

Cool and fierce . . . The toughness and elegance of Kincaid's writing is all that one could want.