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Lucy by the Sea - Lucy Barton returns and tries to cope during the pandemic.

The more Elizabeth Strout writes about her beloved character Lucy Barton, the more I connect to her. Lucy by the Sea is the fourth book in the Amgash series that started with My Name is Lucy Barton. Lucy is now in her sixties. In the last book, Oh! William, we found Lucy newly widowed after the death of second husband David. She starts spending more time with ex-husband William. In this latest book, William, a scientist, is concerned about the emerging virus he fears will quickly spread. Lucy agrees to leave New York City and go with him to live in a friend's house on the coast of Maine. Through the early stages of the pandemic and beyond, Lucy thinks of her past, her present, fraught with family issues and what could lie ahead for her.


Strout's books are quiet and thoughtful. They bring you into the world of its many interesting, multi-layered characters. It was so nice to visit with Lucy Barton once more. I hope I get to do it again. Favorite line: "We are all in lockdown, all the time. We just don't know it, that's all."


Many thanks to Random House for the opportunity to read Lucy by the Sea in advance of its publication.


Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.

Contemporary Fiction.

Publication Date: September 20, 2022.


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