Dear Lucy by Julie Sarkissian
A Novel

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Sarkissian is obviously trying to join the pantheon of American literature that depicts rural life, but she’s done nothing to distinguish Dear Lucy from anything that’s come before.
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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.
 

About Julie Sarkissian

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Julie Sarkissian is a graduate of Princeton University, where she won the Francis Leon Paige Award for creative writing, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. She lives in New York City.
 
Published April 23, 2013 by Simon & Schuster. 353 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Noah Cruickshank on May 13 2013

Sarkissian is obviously trying to join the pantheon of American literature that depicts rural life, but she’s done nothing to distinguish Dear Lucy from anything that’s come before.

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