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Lucy
     

Lucy

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by Robin Miles (Read by), Jamaica Kincaid
 

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Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple--handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, alomst at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and

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Lucy, a teenage girl from the West Indies, comes to North America to work as an au pair for Lewis and Mariah and their four children. Lewis and Mariah are a thrice-blessed couple--handsome, rich, and seemingly happy. Yet, alomst at once, Lucy begins to notice cracks in their beautiful facade. With mingled anger and compassion, Lucy scrutinizes the assumptions and verities of her employers' world and compares them with the vivid realities of her native place. Lucy has no illusions about her own past, but neither is she prepared to be deceived about where she presently is.

At the same time that Lucy is coming to terms with Lewis's and Mariah's lives, she is also unravelling the mysteries of her own sexuality. Gradually a new person unfolds: passionate, forthright, and disarmingly honest. In Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid has created a startling new character possessed with adamantine clearsightedness and ferocious integrity--a captivating heroine for our time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lucy, a teenager from the West Indies who has renounced her family and past, comes to America to work as an au pair and detachedly observes the deterioration of her employers' marriage. ``This is a slim book but Kincaid has crafted it with a spare elegance that has brilliance in its very simplicity,'' said PW. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Like her Annie John ( LJ 4/1/85), Kincaid's new heroine travels the coming-of-age road. Lucy, a 19-year-old West Indi an, sheds her cloistered colonial upbringing by accepting a job as an au pair in New York--the perfect setting for satisfying her gluttonous appetite for both mental and sensual stimulation. The startling disintegration of her employers' marriage triggers flashbacks of home and family; the reflected details are unsettling. Lucy finds being born ``woman'' places her in a territory she wants to explore and at the same time escape. As she begins her exploration, cathartic tears blur the first pages of her diary. But Lucy plunges ahead, reassured by the discovery of an authentic self. Strong in style and substance, dazzling with its sharp-edged prose, this is a novel no one should miss. Literary Guild selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/90.-- Bibi S. Thompson, ``Library Journal''
From the Publisher

“Beautifully precise prose . . . It leaves the reader with the unforgettable experience of having met a ferociously honest woman on her own uncompromising terms.” —The New York Times

“Brilliant . . . Lucy confirms Ms. Kincaid as a both a daughter of Bronte and Woolf and her own inimitable self.” —Wall Street Journal

“A furious, broken-hearted gem of a novel . . . Part of the richness of this book is the way we come to see, as Lucy struggles to do, the connections between those of us who have too much and those who will never have enough--and between 'a sentence for life' (what can't be changed in the self) and that which can be wrestled with and, at least, understood.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781504743259
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2017
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

Jamaica Kincaid, born in St. John’s, Antigua, is the author of short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Her 2013 novel See Now Then was a New York Times bestseller. A former reporter for the New Yorker magazine, she is a professor of literature at Claremont-McKenna College in California.

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Lucy (Puppy Place Series #27) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books I just wish there were not so expensive. I wish they were more like free-$2.00.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome
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These books always have a good ending and are very heartwarming!!!
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This book sounds great!I just wish it didn't cost so much.
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I have read all the puppy place books and all the kitty corner books they're just sooo cute!!!!!!I have the WHOLE collectoin I really love them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very disappointed in the pricing of this paper back book. All the puppy place series average about $5.00 each. $30 for a 90 something page paper back book is ridiculous. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has floppy ears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it alot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucy is a Basset mixhatoves diggings ! Her perfect forever family is Charles reading buddy, Oliver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Gona all day yeterday sorry) Lucy smiled, shaking Cody's hand in return. "Nice to meet you, like I said, I love your stories," she said. She wore short shorts that showed jut about all of her long tanned legs, and a very lowcut tank top that barely covered her triple D breasts and the top of a pink thong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She isnt on. Have it with me. ~Jacklene
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucy is a great book, you should read it.Katharine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hes an idiot making me feel horrible.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the book but not as much as you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its satisfactory
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the puppy place books and the kitty corner books too.