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Dear Lucy: A Novel by Julie Sarkissian

 

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I go down the stairs quiet like I am something without any weight. I open the door in the dark and the cold sucks my skin towards it. It is the morning but there is no sun yet, just white light around the edges. It is the time to get the eggs. Time for my best thing. The eggs they shine with their white and I do not need the light to find them. The foxes need no light either. I am a little like the fox, he is a little like me. Lucy is a young woman with an uncommon voice and an unusual way of looking at the world. She doesn’t understand why her mother has sent her to live with old Mister and Missus on their farm, but she knows she must never leave or her mother won’t be able to find her again.

Also living at the farm is a pregnant teenager named Samantha who tells conflicting stories about her past and quickly becomes Lucy’s only friend. When Samantha gives birth and her baby disappears, Lucy arms herself with Samantha’s diary—as well as a pet chicken named Jennifer—and embarks on a dangerous and exhilarating journey to reunite mother and child. With Dear Lucy, Julie Sarkissian has created an unforgettable new heroine of contemporary fiction whose original voice, exuberance, and bravery linger long after the final page.

 

My Review

“We put our arms around each other.We become two circles that don’t have any beginnings or ends. Inside our circles she can be safe as the inside of the eggs.”

Lucy a character from this story who was memorable and beautiful in her keen a unique outlook on her world. She has problems in reading and communicating, words don’t come out so easily like everyone else that she encounters in her life, she has to think and rethink and then try to say what she feels as best as she can in words. She brings me to that great story The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and his male character Benji the unique disadvantaged man that was innocent and vulnerable in so many ways, Lucy is not far from that similar portrait that Faulkner crafted with Benji. This author has structured this tale with chapters from the narrative of Lucy in the first person, visceral and with short declarative sentences in relation to the way she thought and communicated.

The way this story is told was in some ways similar in the style as that great story of Faulkner’s.

The characters in this story went through various elements, that included that of motherhood, trust, betrayal, and love.

The story has you feeling and thinking. Bizarre at times but all from a special characters eye, we mostly are able to read and just about understand the world around us, where Lucy might not so easily understand this things we take for granted and the author has successfully shown us how Lucy does see things in this story.

A story unique and original, rearranging the way a story is orthodoxly told.

A Great achievement for a debut and has you wondering what she is going to craft next.

This was the great expectations of Lucy, a character that will find a way to warm your heart.

 

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 26 April 2013