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Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian

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Middle America in the 50s, Lucy, Samantha and Missus each relate their story. They live together. Lucy calls herself a ‘retard’, Samantha is pregnant but minus a man and Missus, whose husband owns the farm they work on, is barren. It is the different voices of these three women that really stand out. Lucy has high standards and knows what’s right. It is her attempt to do what’s right that leads to the tragedy of the tale. Strange, disturbing and very affecting, it’s haunting stuff.

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Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian

Lucy is different - 'I don't have right words for things and I have no good behavior' - and she doesn't understand why her mother has sent her to live with the elderly Mister and Missus on their farm. Yet she knows she must never leave or else her mother won't be able to find her again. But when something terrible happens to Samantha, her only friend on the farm, Lucy embarks on a dangerous journey, willing to risk everything for her friend. Julie Sarkissian's enchanting and enthralling debut novel introduces an unforgettable new heroine of contemporary fiction whose original voice, exuberance and bravery linger long after the final page.


DEAR LUCY introduces a young writer with a most original voice and a tenderly eccentric vision. Julie Sarkissian has created a boldly lyrical, suspenseful, and mysterious fictional world in this striking debut novel. - Joyce Carol Oates

DEAR LUCY is about keeping promises against huge odds. This gorgeous novel does exactly that: the opening pages promise transcendent writing, remarkable characters, and a slowly unfolding mystery. But what happened and why is only part of what keeps you reading ... Both whimsical and profound, DEAR LUCY wins your heart on the very first page and delivers it back, fuller and slightly cracked, on the last. - Charlotte Rogan, New York Times bestselling author of The Lifeboat

In DEAR LUCY, Julie Sarkissian has accomplished what many veteran novelists never achieve: a startlingly original work that is also profound and wise in the vagaries of the heart. What an amazing debut.- Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena and The Cove

About the Author

A native of Orange County, California, Julie Sarkissian attended Princeton University, where she won the Francis Leon Paige award for creative writing. She holds an MFA in fiction from the New School in New York and her short fiction has appeared in Tin House Magazine and Quick Fictions and she has written for the New York Times, New York Observer and the Huffington Post. She currently lives with her husband in Brooklyn Heights, New York. DEAR LUCY is Julie's debut novel.

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24th April 2014


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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


368 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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