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Simon & Schuster (2013-04)
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by Sarkissian, Julie

A luminous, heartbreaking story of love and longing, faith, friendship, and loyalty, told in an unforgettable voice.

Deserted by her vivacious, social-climbing mother, Lucy has been taken in by an older couple, known only as Mister and Missus, to work on their farm.

"I open my door one little littleness at a time so there aren’t any creaks. I climb the stairs to Mister and Missus. I push open the door gentle as whispers. Mister, his smell is there. Which is the last dying parts of a fire and bark stripped off trees and the sour that floats around his words. Missus sleeps like when a person dies and you put them in a box to stay hidden in the ground with hands on her heart on top of the covers. She has scarves for the day and for the night so her hair will stay warm. "

There she befriends a pregnant teenager namend Samantha who tells conflicting stories about her past.

"Samantha wants to say something so I can understand it. Not just shake her head like flies are trying to land on her and say, I just don’t know about you Lucy. That is all some other people do when I say things. They just shake and shake their heads and maybe laugh and say, I just don’t know about you, Lucy. I just don’t know. Mister gives Samantha a paper that has a letter inside of it. On the front of the paper it says these letters SAMANTHA and then these letters ALLEN and some numbers. I am looking at the letters and some numbers but Samantha is not looking at them. She is looking at Mister. "Gee, thanks," she says. But thanks is not how her voice sounds. She does not look at it. She is looking at Mister and Mister is looking at her because maybe he wants to know about the insides of what he gave her. That is what I want to know about. "

When Samantha gives birth and the baby disappears, Lucy arms herself with Samantha’s letters and diary—and a talking chicken named Jennifer—and embarks on a journey to reunite mother and child. Dear Lucy is a luminous, heartbreaking story of love and longing, faith, friendship, and loyalty, told in an unforgettable voice.

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.

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Hypnotic and mesmerizing. This is gothic noir that is full of heart and pathos. Lucy’s lyric voice comes barreling off the page, and you will be utterly transfixed by the twists and turns of her journey. Sarkissian is a brilliant young writer who has written one of the most memorable debut novels in recent years.

Quote: Gabe Hudson

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.

Quote: Charlotte Rogan

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.

Quote: Joyce Carol Oates

Julie Sarkissian has written the most original and stunning debut novel I have read in a long time. Dear Lucy is one of those rare delights that you cannot put down, and once you do, you can’t forget.

Quote: Ann Hood

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.

Quote: Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author of Serena and The Cove

Julie Sarkissian has written a rare and precious novel - moving, captivating, and expertly written in a voice unlike any other. Dear Lucy is full of characters who are heartbreakingly human; full of hope, desperation, love and joy. You’ll want to linger over the poetry of each and every sentence, but the foreboding mystery looming on the horizon will keep you turning the pages of this hauntingly beautiful book.

Quote: Haley Tanner, author of Vaclav and Lena

UK: Hodder

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