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Lucy by the Sea

By: Elizabeth Strout
Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
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Summary

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From Pulitzer Prize-winning, number one New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Strout comes Lucy by the Sea, a novel featuring Lucy Barton, the indomitable heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton and Oh William!

Lucy is uprooted from her life in New York City and reluctantly goes into lockdown with her ex-husband, William, in a house on the coast of Maine. Strout's new novel is a miraculous work of fiction. A brilliantly sharp evocation of the period we have just lived through, it is a novel that both resonates deeply and consoles us, too.

©2022 Elizabeth Strout (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A superbly gifted storyteller and a craftswoman in a league of her own." (Hilary Mantel)  

"A terrific writer." (Zadie Smith) 

"She gets better with each book." (Maggie O'Farrell)  

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Wash out

Loved the Amgash Trilogy; this is the first time I’ve listened to an audio edition of an Elizabeth Strout novel and I’ve been very disappointed . Poor narration which didn’t help the rather weak storyline.

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Good story, beautifully read.

An interesting take from an American viewpoint on the pandemic. Good strong characters in a family setting.

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Wonderful..

Elizabeth Strout is my favourite author, this latest book was perfect - as always.

The narrator is also one of my favourites and reads the Strout books exactly as I would imagine the characters to be. A joy.

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Wonderful

The narration is wonderful and the book is wonderful and once again Elizabeth Strout has excelled with her incredible writing. I loved this and am really sad I have finished it. Fabulous.

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  • 02-02-23

Highly recommend

I wasn’t sure I was ready to read a novel set during the pandemic. However, I love Elizabeth Strout’s writing, and I had to find out what Lucy did by the sea, so I took the plunge.
Glad I did - this is a beautiful novel about relationships, loss, quiet courage and finding other ways. And yes, lockdown(!) but I found that reliving it through Lucy’s eyes was actually very helpful.
I loved the appearance of characters from the Olive Kitteridge books, particularly Olive - even secondhand!
If you like Elizabeth Strout’s work, it’s a fair bet that you will appreciate and enjoy your time with Lucy Barton again.
Kimberley Farr excels at reading all of these novels - she is, for me, the voice of both Olive and Lucy - both so different. What a talent!

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I want Olive back

Oh how I miss Olive Kitteridge's clever and benevolent American sarcasm! Lucy is so awfully dull and simple, such as all the characters in this book. They call each other friends after a couple of hellos and a smile, they feel so intensively EVERYTHING, they are practical when unnecessary but awckward when some strength is needed. The worst stereotype of Americans, I can't believe they are really like that. The narrator was briliant but so slow that I listened to it in 1,4. All in all a waste of time.

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Quite simply - this book is brilliant

This story covers a very wide canvas with a light touch. Excellent description of the pandemic in the US, even some insights into the Trump phenomenon, alongside family relationships, loss, grief, regret and picking up and carrying on somewhere else. Light discussions on eternal questions, profound thoughts and experiences put startlingly simply in the context of a beautiful story that is uplifting and full of hope and affection. Read it.

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Loved it

This book will be read in schools in years to come about these times of covid.

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A well told story about the lockdown

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  • 07-01-23

Another Strout masterpiece!

Loved it. Love the simplicity, the emotional genius (Elizabeth Strout has so much more than just emotional intelligence!) of her writing and the sublime voice of Kimberly Farr.

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poignant

A heart rendering account of the pandemic very thought-provoking and carefully detailed. This account touches on all of life's crucial issues anc made the last few years easier to digest . Thank you